Welcome.

Thanks for visiting. This website provides an overview and introduction to my work as a U.S. cultural historian. My major works include Born in the USA: Bruce CullenpicSpringsteen and the American Tradition (HarperCollins, 1997), The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions (Oxford, 2013). My essays and reviews have been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and the American Historical Review, among other periodicals. I published three books in 2021: From Memory to History: Television Versions of the Twentieth Century, Martin Scorsese and the American Dream, and my first novel, Best Class You Never Had. For more information, see the other pages at this site or visit my author page on Amazon.com. –JC


Jim is represented by Roger Williams of the Roger Williams Agency.