Dr James Campbell
Associate Professor of American History
School/Department: History Politics and International Relations, School of
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2583
I received my Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Nottingham for a dissertation on crime and punishment in nineteenth century Virginia. I was appointed the same year as New Directions Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and I joined the University of Leicester in 2007. My teaching focuses on US history and covers topics from the colonial period to the present, while my research investigates histories of criminal justice in the United States the Caribbean and the British Empire. I have published widely on these subjects - including two monographs and a prize-winning article on the death penalty in Jamaica - and my work has been funded by organisations including the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Campbell, J.M. and Miller V., eds. (2014) Transnational Penal Cultures: New Perspectives on Discipline, Punishment and Desistance (Routledge). ISBN10: 0415741319 ISBN13: 978-0415741316
Campbell J.M. (2012) Crime and Punishment in African American History (Palgrave). ISBN13: 9780230273801
Campbell J.M. and Fraser, R., eds. (2008) Reconstruction: People and Perspectives (ABC-Clio). ISBN13: 978-1-59884-021-6
Campbell J.M. (2007) Slavery on Trial: Race, Class, and Criminal Justice in Antebellum Richmond, Virginia (University Press of Florida). ISBN13: 978-0-8130-3091-3 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/3283
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Campbell JM (2017) Death Row Resistance, Politics and Capital Punishment in 1970s Jamaica. Crime, History & Societies, 21 (1).
Campbell JM (2015) Murder Appeals, Delayed Executions, and the Origins of Jamaican Death Penalty Jurisprudence. Law and History Review, 33 (2), pp. 435-466 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/29218
Campbell, J. M. (2014) "At “war against our institutions”: Cultures of Policing and Punishment in the Slave Cities of the United States and Brazil" in Vivien Miller and James Campbell eds. Transnational Penal Cultures: New Perspectives on Discipline, Punishment and Desistance (Routledge).
Campbell J (2013) The death of Frank Wilson: Race, crime, and punishment in post-civil war Pennsylvania. American Nineteenth Century History, 14 (3), pp. 305-323 10.1080/14664658.2013.830385
Campbell, J. M. (2013) “African Americans in Freedom.” In Hadden and Brophy, eds. A Companion to American Legal History (Blackwell).
Campbell JM (2011) African Americans and Parole in Depression Era New York. Historical Journal, 54 (4), pp. 1065-1086 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/23142
Campbell, J. M. (2011) Richmond (Va.), 1790-1828. In Richardson Dilworth, ed., Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press).
Campbell JM (2010) You needn't be afraid here; you're in a civilized country: Region, racial violence, and law enforcement in early twentieth-century New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Social History, 35, pp. 253-67 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/23163
Campbell, J. M. (2008) African Americans in Southern Cities. In Campbell and Fraser, eds. Reconstruction: People and Perspectives in American Social History. (ABC-CLIO).
Campbell, J. M. (2005) ‘‘The victim of prejudice and hasty consideration’: Urban Slave Society and the Slave Trial System in Richmond, Virginia, 1830-1861.’ Slavery and Abolition, 26, 1, pp. 71-92.
Campbell JM (2004) A Murderer of a somewhat dark complexion: Criminal Justice and Constructions of Race in Antebellum Virginia. American Nineteenth Century History, 5 (3), pp. 28-49 10.1080/1466465042000302755 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/2488
Campbell, J. M. (2003) African American Victims and Responses to Crime in Antebellum Richmond, Virginia. US Studies Online, 3...