Bradley Campbell

Bradley Campbell
Professor of Sociology


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: Altruism and Morality, Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Sociology of Genocide, Sociology of Law, and Violence and Society. 



Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2018The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safes Spaces, and the New Culture WarsPalgrave Macmillan

Campbell, Bradley. 2015The Geometry of Genocide: A Study in Pure SociologyCharlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press.


Journal Articles

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2016. "Campus Culture Wars and the Sociology of Morality." Comparative Sociology 15(2): 147-178

Campbell, Bradley. 2015. "Genocide as Predation." International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 43(3): 310-325.

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2014. "Microaggression and Moral Cultures.Comparative Sociology 13(6): 692-726.

Campbell, Bradley. 2014. "Anti-Minotaur: The Myth of a Sociological Morality." Society 51(5): 443-451.

Campbell, Bradley. 2013. "Genocide and Social Time." Dilemas: Revista de Estudos de Conflito e Controle Social 6(3): 465-488.

Campbell, Bradley. 2011. "Genocide as a Matter of Degree." British Journal of Sociology 62(4): 586-612.

Campbell, Bradley. 2010. "Contradictory Behavior During Genocides." Sociological Forum. 25(2): 296-314.

Campbell, Bradley. 2009. "Genocide as Social Control." Sociological Theory 27(2): 150-172.


Book Chapters

Campbell, Bradley. 2015. "Terrorism and Genocide."Pages 47-65 in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Today, edited by Mathieu Deflem. Bingley, England: Emerald Press.

Campbell, Bradley. 2011. "Plea Bargaining." Pages 187-199 in Courts, Law, and Justice, edited by William Chambliss. Thousand Oaks: Sage.


Book Reviews

Campbell, Bradley. 2014. "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.

Campbell, Bradley. 2010. Review of Mark Cooney's Is Killing Wrong: A Study in Pure Sociology. Social Forces 89(2): 720-721.


Other Publications

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2018. "The End of Academe: Free Speech and the Silencing of Dissent." The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Campbell, Bradley. 2018. "Genocide and Evil." Areo Magazine.

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2016. "Purity and Tolerance: The Contradictory Morality of College Campuses." Quillette.

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2015. "The New Millennial 'Morality': Highly Sensitive and Easily Offended." Time.

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2015. "Campbell and Manning Respond to Readers' Comments." Guest Post at Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind Blog.

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2015. "Microaggression and Changing Moral Cultures." The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Campbell, Bradley. 2011. "Black's Theory of Law and Social Control." In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology, edited by Richard Rosenfeld. Oxford University Press.

Campbell, Bradley. 2010. "Testimonial." Pages 195-196 in The Behavior of Law (special edition; first edition 1976), by Donald Black. Bingley, England: Emerald Press.



Exploring Minds with Michele Carroll. "Victimhood Culture." December 2, 2018.

Two for Tea with Iona Italia. "Victimhood Culture." October 6, 2018.

Andy Walters Interview Series. "Microaggressions, #Metoo, Victimhood, and More." September 5, 2018.

The Dissenter with Ricardo Lopes. "The Rise of Victimhood Culture, and Its Dangers on the Left and Right." August 6, 2018.

Trend Following with MIchael Covel. Episode 681. August 2, 2018.

The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kauffman. "The Rise of Victimhood Culture." July 25, 2018.

KFMB ("TalkRadio 760"). The Mike Slater Show (segment begins at 12:39). November 16, 2015.

KABC Radio. The Peter Tilden Show (segment begins at 10:50). November 12, 2015.

The Art of Manliness. "Podcast #153: Microaggressions and the Rise of Victimhood Culture." November 8, 2015.

KPCC -- Southern California Public Radio. AirTalk. "The Future of Speech and 'Microaggressions' on College Campuses." October 6, 2015.

BYU Radio. The Matt Townsend Show. "Microaggression and Victimhood Culture." September 29, 2015.

NPR. Here and Now. "Sociologist: Open Discussion of Microaggression Reflects Cultural Shift." September 28, 2015.



American Sociological Association

American Society of Criminolology 

International Association of Genocide Scholars



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