James completed his BA in English Language and Literature and Philosophy at The University of Windsor in 2010. In 2012, he completed his MA in philosophy at The University of Windsor. In 2014, he began the PhD program in Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario and currently holds funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). His doctoral research focuses on developing a political economy of machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has published on the connections between transhumanist and Marxist philosophy and has presented papers at numerous international conferences.