James is also an affiliated professor with Mexico’s Centre for Economic Research & Teaching (CIDE); an editor of openGlobalRights, a multilingual, online forum for human rights activists and commentators; and co-Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s new Master’s Degree in Human Rights.
James was born in the U.S. (1967), grew up in Israel (1976-1993), and earned a PhD in sociology at U.C. Berkeley (1999). Before moving to Minneapolis in 2012, James taught at the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore (1999-2001); at McGill University, in Montreal (2001-2006); at Carleton University, in Ottawa (2006-11); and at CIDE, in Mexico City (2011-12).
Over the years, James has worked for the Associated Press in Jerusalem; for Human Rights Watch in Palestine, Nigeria, Turkey, the Albanian-Kosovo border, the Ingush-Chechen border, and Kyrgyzstan; the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and the former Yugoslavia; and for CARE about its work in Africa. James has done applied research projects with support from various Canadian agencies, including the foreign ministry.
James donates his spare time to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Program. He is a member of their advisory committee, has helped with their work in India, Mexico, and Morocco, and is contributing to their research on low-cost models of pediatric treatment .
James is married to Emma Naughton, founder of the Lucid Collaborative, a monitoring, learning, and evaluation consultancy. Together, they have two children, Tessa and Sacha, and a labrador retriever, Molly. They live in Minneapolis.