Tony Badger

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Anthony John "Tony" Badger (born 6 March 1947) is a British academic and historian. He is the current Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University and Master of Clare College, Cambridge.[1] He is a specialist in post-World War II Southern American political history.

Early life[edit]

Badger was born on 6 March 1947.[2] He received his B.A. with Honours from Cambridge University (at Sidney Sussex College, 1968), his M.A. from Cambridge University (1971), and his Ph.D. in American Studies from Hull University (1974). In 1999, Hull awarded him an honorary D. Litt.

Academic career[edit]

Badger was a lecturer in the History Department of Newcastle University from 1971 to 1991.[3] He held the Andrew Mellon Visiting Professorship at Tulane University, New Orleans from January to May 2000.[4] In 1992, he moved to the University of Cambridge, having been appointed Paul Mellon Professor of American History.[3] He is set to retire at the end of the 2013/2014 academic year.[5]

He served on the Cambridge University Council from 1988 to 2002 and 2005 to 2008. He chaired its Audit Committee between 2001 and 2002, and chaired the search committee in 2002 that secured the appointment of Alison Richard as Vice-Chancellor. Since 2004, he has been the chairman of Cambridge Assessment, the major examination and assessment body.

Works[edit]

1. Prosperity Road: The New Deal, Tobacco, and North Carolina (Chapel Hill 1980)
2. North Carolina and the New Deal (Raleigh, 1981)
3. The New Deal: The Depression Years 1933-1940 (London and New York, 1989)
4. New Deal/ New South (University of Arkansas Press 2007)
5. FDR: The First Hundred Days (Hill and Wang 2008)

FDR: The First Hundred Days[edit]

Prime Minister Gordon Brown selected Professor Badger’s book FDR: The First Hundred Days, about the 32nd President of the United States, as his 2008 book of the year. In the Guardian, Brown wrote,[6]

It's a classic example of how a work of history can illuminate the issues we're dealing with today. What it brings out with such clarity is how Roosevelt, faced with an economic crisis of unprecedented severity, was prepared to put aside conventional policy approaches and, instead, had the courage to innovate and improvise to see what would work. The imagination and humanity at the heart of some of the great New Deal innovations - such as the Tennessee Valley Authority or the Civilian Conservation Corps - changed American politics for ever, and shaped the future of progressive politics across the world. At the same time, this book illustrates FDR's skills as a communicator and a political operator, which earned him the public support and political space he needed for his programme to succeed. It's a brilliantly written, compelling and moving portrait of the man, and it's another outstanding example of how British historians add so much to the field of American history.

This work influenced Gordon Brown in shaping the economic response to the recession.[7]

Chairman – Kennedy Memorial Trust[edit]

On 24 March 2009, Gordon Brown appointed Badger as the chairman of the Kennedy Memorial Trust, effective from July 7, 2009. He replaced Emma Rothschild who had served since 2000. Upon accepting this chairmanship, he said, “"It is an honour to be asked to chair the Kennedy Memorial Trust. The Kennedy scholarships are a most fitting legacy to the late President and recognise the long-standing ties of the Kennedy family with Britain. They have enabled some of the very best students in Britain to experience world-class graduate education in the US."[8]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fellows of Clare College". Cambridge University Reporter. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, 2014: 35 
  3. ^ a b "Martin Luther King Jr: Who Needs Him?". Newcastle University INSIGHTS Public Lectures. Newcastle University. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Professor Tony Badger appointed Chair of the Kennedy Memorial Trust". Clare College Alumni. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Honours for Prof. Tony Badger". Faculty of History, Cambridge University. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Hooker, Ginny (2008-11-29). "Season's readings". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  7. ^ Riddell, Peter (2009-01-05). "Gordon Brown to blitz credit crisis with fresh ideas". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  8. ^ http://www.clarealumni.com/s/845/1col.aspx?sid=845&gid=1&pgid=414&cid=1046&ecid=1046&crid=0&calpgid=61&calcid=779
Academic offices
Preceded by
Charlotte Erickson
Paul Mellon Professor of American History
1992–2014
Incumbent
Preceded by
Bob Hepple
Master of Clare College, Cambridge
2003–2014
Incumbent