James is a Pathway Representative for students on the Cultures pathway and co-convenes the core first-year module Approaches to Knowledge with Tim Jordan. He has a background in languages, English and History and recently completed a PhD on practical optics in seventeenth-century England. He is currently working on the life of Otto Wächter, the Nazi Governor of Galicia (now western Ukraine), in a project co-ordinated by Philippe Sands. Work on the project led to the BBC Radio 4 documentary series Intrigue: The Ratline and Philippe’s Sands’s latest book The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive.
James works part-time at UCL and part-time at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches on the Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences degree programme.
James is joint module convenor for BASC0001 Approaches to Knowledge: Introduction to Interdisciplinarity