James is a Ph.D. student in the labor markets and social policy concentration at Utah State University working under the advisement of Dr. Christy Glass. For his dissertation, he is researching the effects of the new economy on Navajo workers. He has previously done research on living wages in Utah.
James has worked in public policy with the Diné Policy Institute in Arizona and in economic development with Salt Lake City and NeighborWorks Salt Lake. He previously sat on the board of directors for Local First Utah and also chaired the Subcommittee on Human Rights for Salt Lake County's Committee on Diversity Affairs. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, and Utah State University.
James speaks out on a number of issues regarding Natives including:
- Labor, jobs, and the economy
- Leadership and community organizing