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James I(rving) Matray (1948–) Biography

Personal, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress

Born 1948, in Evergreen Park, IL; Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Lake Forest College, B.A., 1970; University of Virginia, M.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1977. Politics: Democrat.


Educator and historian. University of Southern California, visiting associate professor of history, 1988–89; New Mexico State University, visiting assistant professor, 1980–82, assistant professor, 1982–87, associate professor, 1987–92, professor of history, 1980–2002, retired emeritus; California State University, Chico, professor of history and chair of department, 2002–. Fulbright Lecturer to University of Warsaw, 1988–89 (declined). Military service: Illinois National Guard, 1970–71; U.S. Army Reserve, 1971.


American Historical Associations, American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Honors Awards

Harry S Truman Library Foundation research grant, 1975, 1982; Stuart L. Bernath Article Award (co-recipient), Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 1980; New Mexico State University research grant, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990; MacArthur Memorial Library research grant, 1984; National Endowment for the Humanities research grant, 1985, and award, 1990; Phi Alpha Theta Best Book Prize, 1986; Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence, New Mexico State University, 1988; Best Reference Book Award, Library Journal, 1992; Outstanding Academic Book Award Choice, 1992; names California State University, Chicao Outstanding Teacher, 1994; Nicola D. Bautzer Faculty University Advancement Award, 2002–03.


The Reluctant Crusade: American Foreign Policy in Korea, 1941–1950, University of Hawaii Press (Honolulu, HI), 1985.

Historical Dictionary of the Korean War, Greenwood Press (New York, NY), 1991.

Korea and the Cold War: Division, Destruction, and Disarmament, Regina Books (Claremont, CA), 1993.

Japan's Emergence as a Global Power, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2001.

East Asia and the United States: An Encyclopedia of Relations since 1784, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2002.

Korea Divided: The 38th Parallel and the Demilitarized Zone, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2005.

Contributor to periodicals, including Diplomatic History, Journal of American History, Historian, Pacific Historical Review, Prologue, Sasang, Korean Studies, Parameters, Journal of Conflict Studies, New England Journal of History, and Journal of American-East Asian Relations. Contributor to academic books, including The Korean War in Retrospect, edited by Daniel Meador, University Press of America, 1998; and A Companion to American Foreign Relations, edited by Robert D. Schulzinger, Blackwell, 2004. International issues columnist for Donga Ilbo, 2002–04.

Work in Progress

The Price of Intervention: American Foreign Policy in Korea, 1950–53 and The Uncivil War: Korea, 1945–1953.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, April 15, 2001, review of Japan's Emergence as a Global Power, p. 1582; July, 2003, review of East Asia and the United States: An Encyclopedia of Relations since 1784, p. 1914.

History: Review of New Books, spring, 1997, review of Crisis and Commitment: United States Policy toward Taiwan, 1950–1955, p. 104; spring, 2001, review of Japan's Emergence as a Global Power, p. 131; winter, 2003, review of Conboy, Kenneth, and James Morrison: The CIA's Secret War in Tibet, p. 85.

Korean Studies, 2002, review of Korea in the Cross Currents: A Century of Struggle and the Crisis of Reunification, p. 150; June, 2002, review of Toward Normalizing U.S.-Korea Relations: In Due Course?, p. 320.

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