James received his PhD in Politics at the University of Dallas. His dissertation, “Justice and Happiness in Aristotle’s Philosophy of Human Things,” explores fundamental and enduring problems of justice as they emerge in Nicomachean Ethics 5 and Politics 3. An article based on this work was recently published in Review of Politics (79.1, Winter 2017).
At the University of Dallas, James received a uniquely interdisciplinary liberal education. His teaching interests include a broad range of topics in ancient (Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle), medieval (Maimonides, Aquinas, Dante), and modern political philosophy (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza, Rousseau). He also has a background in American political thought (American Founding, Progressive Era) and Politics and Literature (Homer, Shakespeare, Milton).
James has taught in the interdisciplinary Core Texts and Ideas program at the University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2013), and also taught during his graduate studies at the University of Dallas. He was a fellow at the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History in 2009.
While living in San Francisco, James has worked for various non-profits and consultancies to develop career pathways for under-represented populations in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and retail.