Most of my scholarship involves domestic propaganda and the way it helps to construct a rhetorical community even as it fosters depictions of an enemy or Other. The discourse of the World War II home front draws most of my attention, although I have also published research on the Civil War era and the Cold War.
Hired in 2005, Dr. James Kimble is the Associate Director of the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development’s College of Communication & the Arts cohort and as well as a professor within the College of Communication & the Arts. Prior to his time at Seton Hall University, Dr. Kimble was a Fulbright Teaching Scholar at the University of Rijeka in Croatia and the Director of Forensics and Speech at George Mason University. Though an expert in the communication field, Dr. Kimble specializes in studying domestic propaganda and the way it helps to construct a rhetorical community even as it fosters depictions of an enemy or other. The home front: War bonds and domestic propaganda and The 10¢ war: Comic books, propaganda, and World War II are just two of his publications that cover the United States’ usage of propaganda during the World War II era as well as other means of persuasion to maintain loyalty and support from American citizens. He is also the recipient of countless prestigious awards, including a Fulbright Scholar Award from the University of Rijeka, a Senior Fellow Designation from the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book.
- PhD, University of Maryland
- MA, Kansas State University
- BSEd, University of Nebraska
- Plunkett, S., & Kimble, J. J. (Eds.) (2018). Enduring ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. New York: Abbeville Press.
- *International traveling exhibition now at New-York Historical Society (https://www.nrm.org/2017/02/enduring-ideals-rockwell-roosevelt-and-the-four-freedoms/) (May 25 – September 2, 2018)
- *Exhibition catalog, co-edited with S. H. Plunkett (https://store.nrm.org/pre-order-enduring-ideals-rockwell-roosevelt-and-the-four-freedoms.html) (Abbeville Press, 2018)
- Goodnow, T., & Kimble, J. J. (Eds.) (2017). The 10¢ war: Comic books, propaganda, and World War II. Oxford: University Press of Mississippi. (https://www.amazon.com/10-Cent-War-Comic-Propaganda/dp/1496810309) (co-edited with T. Goodnow; University Press of Mississippi, 2017) (republished in paperback, 2018)
- Kimble, J. J. (2018). Mrs. Jekyll meets Mrs. Hyde: The War Advertising Council, rhetorical norms, and the gendered home front in World War II. Western Journal of Communication, 82, 1-19.
- Kimble, J. J. (2017). Framing the president: Franklin D. Roosevelt, participatory quests, and the rhetoric of possibility in World War II propaganda. Speaker & Gavel, 54(1), 94-112.
- Kimble, J. J. (2016). Rosie's secret identity, or, how to debunk a woozle by walking backward through the forest of visual rhetoric. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 19, 245-274.
- Kimble, J. J. (2016). Spectral soldiers: Domestic propaganda, visual culture, and images of death on the World War II home front. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 19, 535-570.
- Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (https://www.amazon.com/Prairie-Forge-Extraordinary-Story-Nebraska/dp/0803248784/ref=la_B001JS2JMY_1_3s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523890538&sr=1-3C:\Users\kimbleja\Documents\aaa%20writing%20projects) (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)
- Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1262954/) (Catfish Studios documentary, 2010)
- Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds & Domestic Propaganda (https://www.amazon.com/Mobilizing-Home-Front-Presidential-Communication-ebook/dp/B005MXP4Z6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8) (Texas A&M University Press, 2006)
- Fulbright Scholar, University of Rijeka, Croatia
- Co-curator, Norman Rockwell Museum international traveling exhibition
- Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award, National Communication Association
- Senior Fellow, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies
- Rose B. Johnson Southern Communication Journal Article Award
- Distinguished Honor Graduate, U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School
- President's Award for Service to Students, Seton Hall University