Meet the Guys

Peter Onuf

Peter Onuf, during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville.

Peter Onuf, during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville.

18th Century Guy

Peter Onuf is an expert on the founding period, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia and Senior Research Fellow at Monticello. He is the author and editor of eleven books, including The Mind of Thomas Jefferson, and has written extensively on sectionalism, federalism, and political economy, with a particular emphasis on the political thought of Thomas Jefferson.

Ed Ayers

Ed Ayers, during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Va Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville, June 2009

Ed Ayers, during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Va Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville, June 2009

19th Century Guy

Ed Ayers is the winner of the 2013 National Humanities Medal, is President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond. He is also President of the Organization of American Historians. Ed was formerly Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Dean of U.Va.’s Graduate School and College of Arts & Sciences. He has written and edited ten books, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Prize; and The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Brian Balogh

Brian Balogh, during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Va Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville, June 2009

Brian Balogh, during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Va Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville, June 2009

20th Century Guy

Brian Balogh is Compton Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Chair of the National Fellowship Program at U.Va’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. He is the author of A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth Century America and Chain Reaction: Expert Debate and Public Participation in American Commercial Nuclear Power, 1945–1975.