James Chapin Bradford (born 1945 in Michigan) is a professor of history at Texas A&M University and a specialist in American maritime, naval, and military history in the early national period of American History. 
Early life and education
Bear Lake, Michigan and Traverse City, Michigan, he attended Traverse City Central High School. He earned his B.A. in 1967 and M.A. in 1968 at Michigan State University, then went on to the University of Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in history in 1976 with a thesis on Society and government in Loudoun County, Virginia, 1790-1800.
Before completing his doctorate, Bradford began his academic career by working as a research assistant at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation in 1972-74, where he assisted in editing
Thomas Jefferson's account books. In 1973, he was appointed assistant professor in history at the United States Naval Academy. He remained at the Naval Academy until 1981, when Texas A&M University appointed him to its history faculty.
Bradford has also taught at the
University of Maryland in 1974-81; MARA Institute of Technology/Texas International Education Consortium in Malaysia in 1987-88, the Air War College in 1997-98, and the University of Alabama in 1996-97. In addition, Bradford has led numerous study abroad programs in the British Isles, Italy, France, and Germany.
Active in a number of professional organizations, he served as executive director of the
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 1996-2004, and was elected president of the North American Society for Oceanic History to serve from 2008. He has served in a wide variety of editorial and advisory roles, including being Book Review editor of the , 1979-97. Since 1999, he has been series editor for the Journal of the Early Republic U.S. Naval Institute Press's "Library of Naval Biography" and since 2000, series co-editor of "New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archeology" with the University Press of Florida.
Honors and awards
A Companion to American Military History, Vol. I & II. Wiley-Blackwell. 2010. p. 1080. ISBN . 978-1-4051-6149-7 OCLC 316098909. (editor)
International Encyclopedia of Military History, James C. Bradford, editor; preface by Jeremy Black. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN 0-415-93661-6 OCLC 56329704
Atlas of American Military History, edited by James C. Bradford. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-521661-X OCLC 52494694
The Military and Conflict Between Cultures: Soldiers at the Interface, edited by James C. Bradford. College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-89096-743-1 OCLC 35548945
Quarterdeck and Bridge: Two Centuries of American Naval Leaders, edited by James C. Bradford. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1997. ISBN 1-55750-073-8 OCLC 35397884
Eagle, Shield and Anchor: Readings in American Naval History, edited by James C. Bradford. New York, N.Y.: American Heritage Custom Pub. Group, 1994.
Raising a Crab: America's Navy, edited by James C. Bradford. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1993.
Crucible of Empire: The , edited by James C. Bradford. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1993. Spanish-American War and Its Aftermath ISBN 1-55750-079-7 OCLC 27264736
Admirals of the New Steel Navy: Makers of the American Naval Tradition, 1880-1930. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1990. ISBN 0-87021-003-3 OCLC 20637541
Captains of the Old Steam Navy: Makers of the American Naval Tradition, 1840-1880, edited by James C. Bradford. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1986.
Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Papers of . Alexandria, Va.: Chadwyck-Healey, 1986. John Paul Jones, 1747-1792
The Papers of , microform, edited by James C. Bradford. Cambridge, UK; Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1986. 10 microfilm reels; 35 mm. John Paul Jones
Command under Sail: Makers of the American Naval Tradition, 1775-1850, edited by James C. Bradford. Annapolis, Md.: United States Naval Institute, 1985. , edited by James C. Bradford. Annapolis: Anne Arundel Bicentennial Committee, 1977. Anne Arundel County, Maryland: A Bicentennial History, 1649-1977