James began the Transcultural German Studies Ph.D. program in 2010, and spent his second year working and team teaching in the Herder-Institut at the Universität Leipzig. While in Leipzig, he developed and taught masters seminars on German as a foreign language and German as a second language. As an instructor at the University of Arizona, James taught German 101, 102, 150B1, 201, 202, 211, 300, 301, and 371. James also created and twice co-organized the conference series Oceans and Deserts: Charting Transdisciplinary Currents in Environment and Culture, for which he received the Graduate Fellowship Grant from the ConfluenCenter for Creative Inquiry on two occasions. Alongside his teaching and researching responsibilities, James served at every level of graduate student government. In 2013, he was elected as the representative of the College of Humanities to the Graduate and Professional Student Council and was appointed as the graduate student representative to the College of Humanities Dean's Advisory Council as well as the University of Arizona Committee of Eleven. In 2017, James completed his dissertation entitled Alexander von Humboldt and Transcultural Memory and received the College of Humanities Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Teaching Award.