Since 2004, James has taught graduate and undergraduate courses that address the making and understanding of our image world, with emphasis on the argument that every image either reinforces or challenges the status quo. He currently teaches seminars in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College and Parsons School of Design. Syllabi and materials from selected courses are below.

History of Graphic Design

Parsons School of Design

An online seminar that analyzes the history, philosophy, and theory of graphic design from classical concepts to current global trends.

Identity: The Self & The World

Bard Early College New Orleans

An examination of the line between collective identity and our interior world. Together we will develop a framework for the ways in which we define ourselves and the ways in which we are defined

Utopia/Dystopia

Bard Early College New Orleans

A seminar taught at Bard Early College in New Orleans which encourages students to wrestle with the problems and possibilities of creating an ideal society.

History of Art

Bard Early College New Orleans

What is art and why do we make it? These questions will lead us through the philosophies of the ancient world, the emergence of new technologies, mechanized wars, and personal revolutions as we watch the pendulum swing from the state to the church to the individual, leaving us in a strange new world of glowing screens.

Other Courses
  • History of American Education
    Pratt Institute
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
    Pratt Institute
  • Information Design
    Parsons School of Design
  • Teaching & Technology: Designing for Change
    Pratt Institute
  • Survey of Literature in Design Education
    Pratt Institute
  • Introduction to Interactive Design
    Parsons School of Design
  • Populist Media: The Comic, the Cartoon, and the Graphic Novel
    Pratt Institute