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Bradley Campbell


Bradley Campbell

Associate Professor of Sociology

Curriculum Vitae
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Ph.D. Sociology 2008

M.S. Applied Sociology 2000

B.A. Sociology 1996



Bradley Campbell is a sociologist broadly interested in moral conflict -- clashes of right and wrong and how they are handled. Most of his work examines genocide, which normally arises from large-scale interethnic conflicts. Recently he has also begun to examine the much smaller-scale confllicts on modern college campuses. This work looks at microaggression complaints, calls for trigger warnings and safe spaces, and the ongoing debate about these phenomena, viewing them as manifestations of ongoing moral change and the clash of different moral ideals.

Dr. Campbell regularly teaches the following courses: Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Sociology of Law, and Violence in American Society.




The Geometry of Genocide: A Study in Pure Sociology. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press. 2015

Journal Articles

"Campus Culture Wars and the Sociology of Morality" (with Jason Manning). Comparative Sociology 15(2): 147-178. 2016
"Genocide as Predation." International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 43(3): 310-325. 2015
"Microaggression and Moral Cultures" (with Jason Manning). Comparative Sociology 13(6): 692-726. 2014
"Anti-Minotaur: The Myth of a Sociological Morality." Society 51(5): 443-451. 2014
"Genocide and Social Time." Dilemas: Revista de Estudos de Conflito e Controle Social 6(3): 465-488. 2013
"Genocide as a Matter of Degree." British Journal of Sociology 62(4): 586-612. 2011
"Contradictory Behavior During Genocides." Sociological Forum. 25(2): 296-314. 2010
"Genocide as Social Control." Sociological Theory 27(2): 150-172. 2009

Book Chapters

"Terrorism and Genocide."Pages 47-65 in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Today, edited by Mathieu Deflem. Bingley, England: Emerald Press. 2015
"Plea Bargaining." Pages 187-199 in Courts, Law, and Justice, edited by William Chambliss. Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2011

Book Reviews

"Sociology, Morality, and Social Solidarity: On Christian Smith's Sacred Project of American Sociology." Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Forum: Newsletter of the AMSS Section of the American Sociological Association 5(4): 4-8. Also avaliable at the AMSS Section Blog. 2014
Review of Mark Cooney's Is Killing Wrong: A Study in Pure Sociology. Social Forces 89(2): 720-721. 2010

Other Publications

"Purity and Tolerance: The Contradictory Morality of College Campuses." Quillette. 2016
"The New Millennial 'Morality': Highly Sensitive and Easily Offended" (with Jason Manning). Time. 2015
"Campbell and Manning Respond to Readers' Comments" (with Jason Manning). Guest Post at Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind Blog. 2015
"Microaggression and Changing Moral Cultures" (with Jason Manning). The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2015
"Black's Theory of Law and Social Control." In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology, edited by Richard Rosenfeld. Oxford University Press. 2011
"Testimonial." Pages 195-196 in The Behavior of Law (special edition; first edition 1976), by Donald Black. Bingley, England: Emerald Press. 2010



KFMB ("TalkRadio 760").The Mike Slater Show (segment begins at 12:39). Nov. 16, 2015
KABC Radio. The Peter Tilden Show (segment begins at 10:50). Nov. 12, 2015
The Art of Manliness. "Podcast #153: Microaggressions and the Rise of Victimhood Culture." Nov. 8, 2015
KPCC -- Southern California Public Radio. AirTalk. "The Future of Speech and 'Microaggressions' on College Campuses." Oct. 6, 2015
BYU Radio. The Matt Townsend Show. "Microaggression and Victimhood Culture." Sept. 29, 2015
NPR. Here and Now. "Sociologist: Open Discussion of Microaggression Reflects Cultural Shift." Sept. 28, 2015


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