Jim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. A historian of the nineteenth-century United States, his research focuses on the predominant legal and political questions of the period. His dissertation explores federal governance of contraband camps and reservations during and after the Civil War.
As the Allen F. Davis fellow in 2016-2017, Jim helped develop historic exhibitions and public programs. His interests lie in helping improve classroom access to historic data via digital exhibition platforms, such as Omega and Scalar.