James is a Pathway Representative for students on the Cultures pathway and co-convenes the core first-year module Approaches to Knowledge with Carl Gombrich. 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.
James is joint module convenor for BASC0001 Approaches to Knowledge