James is a Digital Curator at the British Library.
He has held positions of Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art, Associate Lecturer in School of History at the University of Kent, Canterbury, Assistant Project Manager of the ESRC funded 'City and Region, 1400-1914' project (http://www.cityandregion.org/),
He is an Advisory Board Member for History Lab Plus and on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Comics Grid.
In September 2010 he completed a PhD in Cartoons and Caricature at the University of Kent, Canterbury, the title of which was 'Isaac Cruikshank and the notion of British Liberty, 1783-1811'. His thesis explored liberty through fashion, gender and custom, and sought to apply economic and technological approaches to the relationship between process and representation in Georgian print production. An adaptation of this thesis is planned to appear in print in 2014.
His research interests include satirical printing, the manufacture of visual culture in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain, responses to the French Revolution, theatre riots and urban protest, spatial analysis, representations of authority, and visual theory.
In what spare time is left he moonlights as a neurohumanities skeptic.
Teaching At Kent