Edward Balleisen

Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies

Arriving at Duke in 1997, Edward Balleisen is a Professor of History. He has written widely on the historical intersections among law, business and policy in the United States, as well as contemporary debates on regulatory governance. For the past decade, Ed has been a leading participant in the Tobin Project, a national organization that fosters the creation of multidisciplinary scholarly networks focused on pressing public policy challenges. The founder of Rethinking Regulation, a faculty-graduate student network sponsored by Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, he has received university-wide recognition for excellence in both undergraduate teaching and graduate mentoring. In 2015, Ed became Duke University’s third Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. A graduate of Princeton and Yale, Ed is married to the historian Karin Shapiro, also a faculty member at Duke. They live in Durham and have two sons, Zachary and Aaron.