James Courtright recently returned to Dakar, Senegal after completing a graduate degree in International Affairs with a focus on human rights at Columbia University in New York City. Previously, he worked as a freelance journalist based in Dakar writing about transitional justice, environmental issues and West African history. His work has been published in NPRAfrican Arguments, The Christian Science Monitor, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate, New Internationalist, OZY and Equal Times.


James grew up in Malawi, the United States and Tanzania. Before working as a freelance journalist he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kolda, Senegal for three years. He was awarded his B.A. at Denison University in African history and sociology/anthropology in 2012. 


James speaks English, Pulaar (Puel/Fula), French and some Swahili.