James Graham is an architect, historian, and assistant professor at the California College of the Arts.
James’s research and teaching interests include the intersections of architectural modernism with applied psychology and occupational therapy, climatic imaginaries and environmental thinking, and the dynamics of global modernization. James’s dissertation, “Psychotechnical Modernism: Architecture, Design, and Occupational Therapy, 1914–1945,” received the Graham Foundation’s Carter Manny Award for dissertation writing in 2017. Other ongoing research projects explore the connections of agriculture and nationality with constructivist architecture in the Soviet Union and the architectures of coal extraction in Appalachia. His work has been published widely in scholarly journals, online platforms, and edited volumes. In 2019–20 he was a fellow at Columbia University’s Institute of Ideas and Imagination in Paris.