Name: Dr. James M. Johnson
Title: Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History; Executive Director, Hudson River Valley Institute
Office Location: Fontaine 129
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 7105
Degrees Held:

B.S. United States Military Academy at West Point

MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College

MA, Ph.D. Duke University


Military History

American Revolution

Hudson River Valley History

Awards & Honors:

U.S. Army’s Legion of Merit with OLC; French Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Medal of Honor and Bronze Good Citizenship Medal; two awards of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Good Citizenship Medal; Sarah Cornelia Tappen Clinton Award for 2013 (Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association); and Hero of the Hudson Award (National Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association).


Co-editor, Key to the Northern Country: The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution, SUNY Press, 2013. "Fort Montgomery," "The Staff Rides at Fortress West Point," and "Fort Putnam," West Point Leadership Profiles of Courage.  Publisher Daniel E. Rice. Leadership Development Foundation, 2013. Co-compiler, America’s First River: The History and Culture of the Hudson River Valley, SUNY Press, 2009; Militiamen, Rangers, and Redcoats: The Military in Georgia, 1754-1776, Mercer University Press, 2003; 1992; Assistant Editor, Collected Works of the Thirtieth Chief of Staff, United States Army (John A. Wickham, Jr.) (Washington: Department of the Army, 1987).

Conferences & Workshops:

 "The American Revolution and the Importance of West Point."  American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point, 10th Annual Conference, West Point, NY, April 2013; "West Point:  Key of America for the American Revolution and Beyond,"  “National Security Studies and Military History: How Philanthropists Can Make a Difference,” The Philanthropy Roundtable, West Point, April 25, 2007;  “The American Revolution and the Hudson River Valley,” The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation Conference on Hudson River Valley History: Treason!:  Benedict Arnold, John André, and the Plot to Betray West Point, Marist College, September 29, 2005; “The History and Interpretation of Fort Montgomery,” M&T Bank Charitable Foundation Seminar on Hudson River Valley History, Marist College, October 2002; “Interpreting the History of Fort Montgomery and the Battle of October 6, 1777,” American Battlefield Protection Program’s 6th National Conference on Battlefield Preservation, Albany, NY, August 2002; “George Washington’s Generalship,” The Great Experiment exhibit, Desmond Fish Library, June 2002; chair and commentator for panel about USMA scientists and engineers for Bicentennial Conference, “Making History: West Point at 200 Years,” March 2002; “The Year of the Hangman (1777) Revisited,” for the History Committee of the Union League Club (January)


Association of Graduates, USMA; Georgia Historical Association; Hudson Highlands Nature Museum; National Maritime Historical Association; Naval War College Foundation; Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Kappa Phi; Society for Military History.  Board member of Boscobel, the Constitution Island Association, Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association, Living History Education Foundation, and the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association.  Vice President, Friends of the American Revolution at West Point.  Advisory Board: The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot.