About James Curtis
Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, California, April 25, 1942, WRA
Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, California, April 25, 1942, WRA

James C. Curtis is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Delaware and former Director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. He is the author of three books: The Fox at Bay: Martin Van Buren and the Presidency (1970), Andrew Jackson and the Search for Vindication (1976) and Mind’s Eye, Mind’s Truth, FSA Photography Reconsidered (1989). He is co-editor (with Lewis L. Gould) of The Black Experience in America: Selected Essays (1970).

Professor Curtis was a recipient of the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award and headed up two NEH Grants to create a History Media Center at the University and to establish a curriculum in Visual History. An undergraduate course entitled Images of Race and Ethnicity in American Culture and a Graduate seminar in Material Culture Theory provided important forums for the development of Discriminating Views. Professor Curtis and his wife Susan (also a retired teacher) live in Lewes, Delaware.