James Alexander Cameron studied Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester from 2006 to 2009, graduating with a first-class degree and an award for outstanding academic excellence given to only 30 students from the university each year. He wrote his dissertation on the 14th-century choir stalls of Lancaster Priory under the supervision of Dr David O’Connor.
James then moved to The Courtauld Institute of Art, where he received his masters degree studying with Prof. Joanna Cannon, and then went on to write a PhD on sedilia in medieval England under the supervision of Prof. Cannon and Prof. David Park. He remained at The Courtauld for two years after completing his PhD as a teaching assistant and associate lecturer, and was also employed by its Sackler Research Forum, working under Dr Alixe Bovey to help to organise and promote its many academic seminars and lectures.
His research is focused largely on the architecture of the medieval parish church in the 13th and 14th centuries. The conference Towards an Art History of the Parish Church, 1200-1399, co-organised with Kress scholar Meg Bernstein and held at The Courtauld in June 2017 was an important step in promoting this rather neglected area of study in academia, and a publication of the transactions is underway. He keeps an informal and polemical blog, Stained Glass Attitudes.
As well as sitting on the council of the BAA and acting as website officer and co-study days organiser, he is a member of the management board of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, along with other roles in the charity.