James graduated from Boston College summa cum laude in 2012 with a dual major in English and Sociology. His senior thesis was about how people find meaning in online multiplayer videogames. Following graduation, he did a Fulbright in Germany and worked outside academia.
His current interests center around the sociology of work and the American Dream. He is most interested in how notions of excellence and meaning in work interact with organizational structures and talent pools in different fields.
Other interests include the culture of technological production, the role of perceived artificiality in actors’ responses to social situations, the construction of fairness as a moral as well as an economic category, and “irrational” behaviors in forecasting.