James joined Liverpool John Moores in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in International History. His primary area of research interest is the development of international humanitarian law up until the Second World War. He is also interested in military medicine, propaganda, prisoner of war history and the 'future war' fears of the late nineteenth century.
James is the author of 'Britain and the International Committee of the Red Cross, 1939-1945' (Palgrave, 2014), the first dedicated study of Britain's humanitarian policy during the Second World War. James' latest monograph, 'War, Law and Humanity: the Campaign to Control Warfare, 1853-1914' (Bloomsbury, 2018) is the product of a three-year program of research into the interconnected transnational responses of humanitarian groups, army surgeons, international lawyers and pacifists to the changing nature of warfare in the decades leading up to the First World War. Out of this research, James is currently working on a new project, looking at the emergence of medical mercenaries within the global context of the 'future war' fear of the fin de siècle.
James is a founder-member of the Humanitarian Working Histories Group (HWH), a research network of scholars dedicated to the study of the history of humanitarianism.