I am currently an associate professor of U.S. history at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. I teach a broad range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I specialize in U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. since World War II and the Sixties. My book, Inventing Vietnam, is an analysis of the failed nation building effort undertaken by the United States in Vietnam and how that failure led to the war. In related research, I have also written on privatization of war and war profiteering, using the invasion of Iraq as a case study.

My more recent research focuses on the Sixties in the U.S. and specifically the counterculture and advent of rock music culture, with a particular emphasis on the role of the college campus.  My article, “Campus Rock: Rock Music Culture on the College Campus during the Counterculture Sixties, 1967-8,” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Popular Music Studies

This project has also taken me into the realm of digital history/digital mapping. Thanks in part to a couple of Mellon Grants at Drew during the spring and summer 2019, I and three research assistants have created an extensive GIS mapping project of rock music during the late sixties–a link can be found in “links and things.”  

Contact: jcarter1@drew.edu