James Courtright is currently a graduate student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Before pursuing a Masters degree, he worked as a freelance journalist based in Dakar, Senegal. His work has been published in NPR, African 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, Fulakunda (Puel/Fula), French and some Swahili.