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Indiana University Bloomington

Lamp Faculty

James Madison

Director of LAMP
Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History

Phone: (812) 855-6241
Office: Wylie Hall 249
Office Hours: By Appointment


James H. Madison is Director of LAMP and also the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History. His major interests center in twentieth century United States history and in recent years have focused on the civilian experience of World War II. He has written several books, including a biography of Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Eli Lilly and, most recently, a book titled A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America.

Professor Madison teaches L216, a sophomore seminar that uses the history of the automobile as a “vehicle” to consider most of the interesting questions of life.  He is the recipient of the University’s Sylvia E. Bowmen Distinguished Teaching Award.  He has also taught, as a Fulbright Professor, at Hiroshima University, Japan, and at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Long ago he was the Newcomen Fellow at the Harvard Business School, an experience that failed to prepare him for successful pursuit of wealth.