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LSU Manship School of mass Communication

John Maxwell Hamilton

John Maxwell Hamilton

Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor of Journalism, LSU; Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, D.C.

Ph.D.: 1983, George Washington University - American Civilization

Phone: (225) 578-2002

Email: jhamilt@lsu.edu


Jack Hamilton, a long-time journalist, author and public servant, is the Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In his twenty years as an LSU administrator, Hamilton was founding dean of the Manship School and executive vice-chancellor and provost. Throughout that time he enthusiastically taught students and guided graduates students’ research, a pursuit to which he remains dedicated as a journalism professor.

Before coming to LSU in 1992, after more than two decades as a journalist and public servant. Hamilton reported abroad for ABC Radio and the Christian Science Monitor, among other media, and was a longtime national commentator on public radio’s MarketPlace. He also served in the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Carter Administration, on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and at the World Bank. He was the first to explore systematic ways to improve local coverage of foreign affairs and has played a leading role in shaping public opinion about U.S.-Third World relations, according to the National Journal. He is author or  co-author of six books. The most recent book, Journalism’s Roving Eye (2009), won the Goldsmith Prize. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C. He serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists and Lamar Advertising Corp., a NASDQ 100 company. He has been a juror for the Pulitzer Prize and Scripps Howard Awards. In 2000 he was a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy; in 2012 he was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Hamilton was appointed the LSU Foundation Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor in 1998. The Freedom Forum named him the 2003 Journalism Administrator of the Year.  

Selected Publications


Cozma, R., Lawrence, R., and Hamilton, J. M. (2012), “Sourcing in Foreign Correspondence: A Study in the Evolution of Norms and Routines,” Newspaper Research Journal.

Hamilton, J. M., and Lawrence, R. (2010), “Bridging Past and Future: Using History and Practice to Inform Social Science Study of Foreign Newsgathering,” Journalism Studies, 11:5 (October).

Hamilton, J., Lawrence, R. and Cozma, R. (2010), “The Paradox of Respectability: The Limits of Indexing and Harrison Salisbury’s Coverage of the Vietnam War,” The International Journal of Press/Politics, January.

Cozma, R. , and Hamilton, J. (2009)., “Film Portrayals of Foreign Correspondents: A Content Analysis of Movies before WWII and after Vietnam,” Journalism Studies, August.

Cole, J., and Hamilton, J. (2008)., “Another Test of the News: American Partisan Press Coverage of the French Revolution,” Journalism History, Spring.

Cole, J., and Hamilton, J. (2008)., “The History of a Surviving Species: Defining Eras in the Evolution of Foreign Correspondence,” Journalism Studies, October 2008.

Cole, J. , and Hamilton, J., (2007). “A Natural History of Foreign Correspondence: A Study of the Chicago Daily News, 1900-1921),” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 84:1, Spring.

Hamilton, J., Coleman, R., Grable, B. and Cole, J., (2006). “An Enabling Environment: A Reconsideration of the Press and the Spanish-American War,” Journalism Studies, February.

Erickson, E., and Hamilton, J., (2006). “Foreign Reporting Enhanced by Parachute Journalism,” Journalism Studies, February.

Rowley, K., and Hamilton, J. (2005). “A Missing Llink in the History of American War Correspondents: James Bradford and the Time Piece of St. Francisville, Louisiana,” American Journalism, Fall.

Broussard, J., and Hamilton, J., (2005). “Covering a Two-Front War: African-American Foreign Correspondents During World War II,” American Journalism, Summer.

Wu, H.D., & Hamilton, J. (2005). U.S. Foreign Correspondents: Changes and Continuity at the Turn of the Century, Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies, February.

Hamilton, J., & Jenner, E. (2004). Redefining Foreign Correspondence, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, August.

Hamilton, John Maxwell, and Jenner, Eric, The New Foreign Correspondence, Foreign Affairs, Sept.-Oct. 2003.


Hamilton, J. M., and Mann, R. (2012). Edited, annotated, and introduction, Ray Stannard Baker, A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker’s World War I Diary.

Curley, T., and Hamilton, J. M. (2012) Introduction, Edward Kennedy, Ed. Kennedy’s War: V-E Day, Censorship, and the Associated Press.

Fleming, A. M., and Hamilton, J. M. (2009) Introduction, The Crimean War: As Seen by Those Who Reported It.

Hamilton, John Maxwell (2009). Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Newsgathering Abroad. Louisiana State University Press.

Cole, Jaci, and Hamilton, John Maxwell, edited, annotated, and introduction, Edward Price Bell. (2007). Journalism of the Highest Realm: The Memoir of Edward Price Bell, Pioneering Foreign Correspondent for the Chicago Daily News. Louisiana State University Press.

Hamilton, John Maxwell.  (2000).  Casanova Was a Book Lover:  And Other Naked Truths and Provocative Curiosities about the Writing, the Selling, and the Reading of Books. Louisiana State University Press; (2001) Penguin.

Hamilton, John Maxwell, and George A. Krimsky.  (1996).  Hold the Press:  The Inside Story on Newspapers. Louisiana State University Press.

Hamilton, John Maxwell.  (1990).  Entangling Alliances:  How the Third World Shapes Our Lives.  Seven Locks Press.

Hamilton, John Maxwell.  (1988).  Edgar Snow:  A Biography.  Indiana University Press.

Hamilton, John Maxwell. (1986).  Main Street America and the Third World.  Seven Locks Press.

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