My research focuses on criminal justice history in the United States, the Caribbean and the British Empire and has been funded by institutions including the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. My first book, Slavery on Trial, looked at policing criminal trials and punishments in nineteenth century Richmond, Virginia, and my second book Crime and Punishment in African American History traced the Black experience of US law enforcement from the Revolutionary-era to the early twenty-first century. I have edited books on the Reconstruction era in the United States and transnational histories of crime and punishment and written articles and book chapters on topics ranging from parole in 1920s New York to the policing of slavery in Brazil. In 2016 I was awarded the American Society for Legal History’s Surrency Prize for an article on death penalty law in Jamaica from the late-19th century to the 1940s. I am currently working on two book length projects. The first is a study of capital punishment in British Overseas Territories since the 1960s and the second is an edited volume for Routledge on the history of crime in America.
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..
My teaching focuses on US history and covers topics from the colonial period to the present. Recent and current undergraduate modules on which I teach include: Crime and Punishment in African American History Slavery the Civil War and Reconstruction in US History and Memory Histories of Violence. At postgraduate level I coordinate and teach on American Freedom? Rhetoric and Reality in the United States and the core module Historical Research Historical Writing.
Capital punishment in British Overseas Territories.