James is a PhD candidate whose thesis explores 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.
Alongside his PhD, James is 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.