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Name  Tony Badger

Education  University of Hull
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Books  FDR, The New Deal: The Depressi, New Deal/New South: An, New Deal / New South: An Antho, Prosperity Road: The New Deal

Tony Badger: Nathan I. Huggins Lecture Series (1 of 3) (10/30/2018)

Anthony John "Tony" Badger (born 6 March 1947) is a British academic and historian. Until 2014 he was Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge and Master of Clare College, Cambridge. He is a specialist in post-World War II Southern American political history.


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Early life

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

Academic career

Badger was a lecturer in the History Department of Newcastle University from 1971 to 1991. He held the Andrew Mellon Visiting Professorship at Tulane University, New Orleans from January to May 2000. In 1992, he moved to the University of Cambridge, having been appointed Paul Mellon Professor of American History. He retired from Cambridge at the end of the 2013/2014 academic year and took up a post as Professor of American History at Northumbria University Newcastle.

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.


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

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,

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

Chairman – Kennedy Memorial Trust

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."


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