James is an ECR with interests in the Victorian period and popular fiction. His thesis (Exeter, 2019) explored the relations between sensation fiction (the Victorian sensation novel) and modernity.
James completed a BA (Hons.) in English (First-Class) at the University of Exeter in 2014, and continued there to complete an MA (Distinction) in 2015; his dissertation considered the representations of food adulteration in mid-to-late Victorian Britain. This interest in the nineteenth-century and the body was taken further with a successful application to the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), who are fully funding his current doctoral project, co-supervised at the universities of Exeter and Reading.
James is also a Research Assistant for the COVE project, being overseen by NAVSA (North American Victorian Studies Association); this is an innovative, scholar-driven project for publishing peer-reviewed Victorian texts and pedagogy. He was previously the Book Reviews Editor for Literature & History, an interdisciplinary journal published biannually since 1975.