James Bowman

James Bowman

Resident Scholar

Contact: jamesbowman@eppc.org

@JamesVBowman

James Bowman is a Resident Scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Mr. Bowman is well known for his writing on honor, including his book, Honor: A History and “Whatever Happened to Honor,” originally delivered as one of the prestigious Bradley Lectures at the American Enterprise Institute in 2002, and republished (under the title “The Lost Sense of Honor”) in The Public Interest.

Among the other publications to which he has contributed are Harper’sThe Public InterestThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Daily and Sunday Telegraph of London, The Weekly Standard and National Review.

He has worked as a freelance journalist, serving as American editor of the Times Literary Supplement of London from 1991 to 2002, as movie critic of The American Spectator since 1990 and as media critic of The New Criterion since 1993. He has also been a weekly movie reviewer for The New York Sun since the newspaper’s re-foundation in 2002.

Mr. Bowman received B.A. degrees from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge in England, where he also did graduate study and received an M.A. in 1979.




Stormy Weather

Published in The New Criterion - May 2018 on June 1, 2018


Trying Times

Published in The New Criterion - April 2018 on May 1, 2018




Review: Lady Bird

Published in The American Spectator on March 6, 2018




Review: Darkest Hour

Published in The American Spectator on February 6, 2018




Spate of Hate

Published in The New Criterion - November 2017 issue on December 15, 2017







Movie Review: Dunkirk

Published in The American Spectator on July 28, 2017









After the Fact

Published in The New Criterion - October 2016 issue on November 3, 2016








A Topos of Chaos

Published in The New Criterion - December 2015 issue on December 31, 2015






Oneself in Others

Published in The Weekly Standard on September 18, 2014


Dean of Contradictions

Published in The Weekly Standard on June 9, 2014


Casualties of War

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 3, 2014


Who’s The Hippest of Them All?

Published in The American Spectator on November 1, 2013


Movie Review: Gravity

Published in JamesBowman.net on October 25, 2013




Wisdom of the Age

Published in The Weekly Standard on October 1, 2012



The Dawn of Print

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 30, 2012


Believing Is Seeing

Published in The Weekly Standard on December 19, 2011


Cut and Dried

Published in The New Criterion






The Right Thing

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 17, 2011









Unhappy Is the Land

Published in The New Criterion on February 1, 2010


American Heroes

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 4, 2010



Decline of the Honor Culture

Published in Policy Review No. 156 on August 1, 2009