Barry Dean Karl (born July 23, 1927 in Louisville – died July 7, 2010) was an American educator.
He was the associate editor in the Humanities and History at the University of Chicago Press (1951–53). At Harvard, he was the executive secretary to the Committee on General Education (1959–1961) and senior tutor at Eliot House (1961–62). He was professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis (1962–68), professor of History at Brown University (1968–71) and the University of Chicago (1970–1996) where he held the Norman and Edna Freehling Chair in History and the Social Sciences. He chaired the Department of History from 1976 to 1979. At the University of Chicago he chaired the Faculty Committee of the Benton Program for Fellowships in Broadcast Journalism in Broadcast Journalism (1982–86) and the Committee to Plan the University's Centennial. From 1982 to 1988, he served as special advisor to President Hanna Gray.
- Executive Reorganization and Reform in the New Deal (1963)
- Charles E. Merriam and the Study of Politics (1974)
- The Uneasy State: The United States from 1915 to 1945 (1983)
- "Barry Karl Named First Bloomberg Professor", The Harvard University Gazette, May 15, 1997.
- "Barry D. Karl, historian of America politics and expert on philanthropy, 1927-2010", "The University of Chicago," July 9, 2010.
- "Barry D. Karl and the Historical Profession", Stan Katz, "The Chronicle of Higher Education," July 10, 2010.
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