James was born in Colchester and received his Master’s in History at the University of Essex. His dissertation was on the role and memory of RAF Bomber Command during the Battle of Britain.
James is currently a PhD candidate at Essex and his thesis is focussing on the British cultural memories of aerial warfare in both the First and Second World War.
James is an Assistant lecturer at the University of Essex and the University of Wolverhampton. Modules taught at Essex have included ‘Making of the Modern World Since 1750’ and ‘Becoming a Historian’. At Wolverhampton James worked on the MA Module ‘Strategic Bombing in the Second World War’ alongside Professor John Buckley.
James has presented at numerous conferences including the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon and University of Pittsburgh. James has also appeared on Smithsonian TV’s Air Warriors discussing the Lancaster Bomber. As well as a regular contributor to History indoors, he has given talks on WW2 TV and the Combined Military Services Museum ‘Teatime Talks’ series. He has previously worked as an historical consultant for Junto media’s Real Engineering series on the Battle of Britain.
James’ hobbies include stargazing, listening to The Beatles, and watching football and cricket. He also enjoys drinking ale and has yet to find a flavour of crisps he hasn’t enjoyed.