Department of History

James H. Madison

  • Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus, Department of History


  • Ph.D. at Indiana University, 1972

Contact Information

Ballantine Hall 742
(812) 855-7581


James H. Madison

My teaching and research focus primarily on twentieth-century United States history. Often I have used Indiana as my particular place for writing and teaching, including a recent book about race. In the last decade I have moved more fully into the history of World War II, especially wartime domestic issues, and to seeing the war from a global perspective. Recent publications include a book on a woman serving in Europe during the war and a book of wartime documents. My teaching includes a seminar to prepare history teachers and serving as co-director of a teaching American history project. Directing and teaching in the College’s Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) enables me to work with talented liberal arts and sciences students. My interests also include history projects outside the academy in such venues as the Indiana Historical Society, the Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, and numerous public lectures.

Selected Awards

  • IU Student Alumni Association "Student Choice" Award
  • James Philip Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students
  • Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • Sylvia E. Bowman Distinguished Teaching Award, Indiana University
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Gettysburg College
  • Fulbright Professor, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians

Research Interests

  • World War II
  • Twentieth-century U.S. history
  • Indiana history

Courses Recently Taught

  • History of the United States since 1865
  • The Automobile (LAMP seminar)
  • World War II: The Peoples
  • The American Home Front during World War II (seminar)
  • History of Indiana
  • Leaders and Leadership (LAMP seminar)
  • Teaching United States History (Preparing Future Faculty)

Publication Highlights


Indiana through Tradition and Change. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1982.

The Indiana Way: A State History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986.

Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1989.

Wendell Willkie: Hoosier Internationalist. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992.

A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.

World War II: A History in Documents. Oxford University Press, 2009.