James received his History B.A. in 2013 from The University of Tulsa, where he also completed his M.A. in American History in 2014. Under the guidance of Dr. Jeremy Kuzmarov, James’ thesis analyzed the American 1972 presidential election, focusing on the public images of Richard Nixon and George McGovern. While at TU, James also spent five years archiving document and artifact collections in McFarlin Library’s department of special collections and university archives.
James came to Kansas State University in the fall of 2014 and shifted his focus from 20th century American political history to 19th century American military history. His dissertation examines the relationship between Confederate military leaders and Cherokee general Stand Watie. During his time at K-State, James has worked as a graduate teaching assistant (2014-present) and a graduate student employee in Hale Library’s special collections department. He is also a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Eta Sigma.