James serves on the PEER Group as a quantitative researcher on projects utilizing quasi-experimental methods. As a graduate research assistant at the Friday Institute, he contributed to the NC NTSP project from 2020 through 2022. Prior to coming to NC State, he worked for 10 years as an administrator in academic affairs at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte. James is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development in the NC State College of Education studying higher education policy. His dissertation examines the impact of federal student loan programs for graduate students. He holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology from UNC Charlotte and a B.A. in history from Appalachian State University. James is originally from Toronto, Ontario.