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James R. Walker

​James received his PhD in Philosophy from the State University of New York and spend the subsequent decade teaching philosophy at the university level. In 2011, James stepped away from academia for a time to become a registered nurse and to work in the domain of international health care development in Uganda. During that time, he co-founded and directed an international NGO working to support community-based health care initiatives in Northern Uganda, where he has spent significant time working with local communities. 

James returned to academia full-time in 2021, accepting a position at DePaul University as a professional lecturer in Philosophy and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. James is also serving on the advisory board for DePaul University's Critical Ethnic Studies Program. His teaching and research focus is on global and domestic health inequities, critical aid and development studies, race and anti-racism, and international and domestic conflict studies and peace building. James' work engages these topics through the lenses of critical race theory, decoloniality studies, the Black Radical Tradition, and Black Feminisms. ​​