James is an historian of the twentieth century urban environment in North America. He holds an MA in History from Portland State University (2009), and currently serves as a Capstone instructor at Portland State and the Editorial Coordinator of the Oregon Encyclopedia. James' masters thesis is titled “Working for the ‘Working River’: Willamette River Pollution, 1926-1962,” and he's in the process of writing a book on this topic. While in graduate school, he served two years as a Caroline P. Stoel Editorial Fellow on the staff of the Pacific Historical Review. James earned his Bachelor of Arts at Fairhaven College, Bellingham, Washington, in 2004. His interdisciplinary major at Fairhaven incorporated history, writing, and photography; his major projects at Fairhaven College were the Bellingham Centennial Oral History Project and an article published in the Centennial Edition (April 2004) of the Journal of the Whatcom County Historical Society, “‘Pushing Forward with the Determination of the Machine Age’: Interstate 5 is Built through Bellingham, Washington, 1945-1966."