Educated at Cambridge University (Ph.D. in 1982), Dr. Harold James was a Fellow of Peterhouse for eight years before moving to Princeton in 1986. He holds joint appointments at Princeton University; as professor of History and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School. He was a member of the Independent Commission of Experts investigating the political and economic links of Switzerland with Nazi Germany and of commissions to examine the roles of Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank. He was also Chairman of the Editorial Board of World Politics, and is a member of the executive committee of Princeton's Institute for Regional and International Studies. He has authored many books, including: The End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression, The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War against the Jews, and Europe Reborn: A History 1914-2000. He has recently completed the manuscript for a comparative history of three long-lived family firms in France, Germany, and Italy, which will be published next year by Harvard University Press.
He was co-editor of "The Thriving Society: On the Social Conditions of Human Flourishing" a collection of essays co-sponsored by the Witherspoon Institute and the Social Trends Institute. In this interview following the publication of the book, Professor James encourages readers to strive towards a society that is not merely decent but dynamic.