Dr. James J. Kimble is a propaganda historian, a documentarian, an exhibition curator, and the founding editor of the academic journal Home Front Studies. Previously, he has been a Fulbright Teaching Scholar at Croatia’s University of Rijeka and the Director of Forensics and Speech at George Mason University.
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. His books Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda and The 10¢ War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II join numerous other publications in detailing the use of propaganda during the World War II era to foster loyalty and support from American citizens. In 2018, his research on the identity of Rosie the Riveter went viral, appearing in People magazine, on the front page of the New York Times, and on the television show Mysteries at the Museum; the story ultimately achieved over 1.3 billion media exposures worldwide.
As the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Senior Fellow Designation from the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the President's Award for Student Service, and the National Communication Association’s Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award, Dr. Kimble brings notable credentials to the Seton Hall classroom.
- PhD, University of Maryland
- MA, Kansas State University
- BSEd, University of Nebraska
- Pressman, M., & Kimble, J. J. (in press). Before the summit: News media framing, scripts, and the flag raising at Iwo Jima. Media, War & Conflict.
- Kimble, J. J. (in press). Famous but unknown: An introduction to J. Howard Miller. Source: Notes in the History of Art.
- Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom (guest curator)
- International traveling exhibition now at the Norman Rockwell Museum (on view through January 18, 2021)*Exhibition catalog, co-edited with S. H. Plunkett (Abbeville Press, 2018)
- The 10 Cent War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II (co-edited with T. Goodnow; University Press of Mississippi, 2017)
- Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)
- Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II (Catfish Studios documentary, 2010)
- Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds & Domestic Propaganda (Texas A&M University Press, 2006)
- Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms (co-curator)
- *International traveling exhibition now open at the George Washington University Museum / Textile Museum (https://www.nrm.org/2017/02/enduring-ideals-rockwell-roosevelt-and-the-four-freedoms/) (February 13 – April 29, 2019)
- 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)
- Founding journal editor, Home Front Studies
- Fulbright Scholar, University of Rijeka, Croatia
- Guest 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