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. My next book, with the working title “Memory to History: TV Versions of the Twentieth Century,” is slated for publication in April 2021. I’m also working on a book about the films of Martin Scorsese. 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.