Curriculum Vitae

Dr James Baker FRHistS

Address                School of History, Art History, and Philosophy, University of Sussex, Falmer, UK



Thesis supervisors Professor Grayson Ditchfield & Professor David Welch. Examiners Professor Stephen Conway (UCL) and Professor Mark Connelly (Kent)

Thesis supervisor Dr Alastair Duke

First-class honours

Professional Appointments


Honorary and Associate




Edited Volumes


Chapters in Books






Unpublished Work

Grants, Research Funding, and Awards

Selected Presented Papers

Invited Talks


Digital Projects

Co-founder with Thomas Padilla. Online training resource that helps researchers use the command line to work through common challenges that come up when working with digital primary sources. (2016-)

AHRC Research Networking Scheme project led by Jane Winters (PI, Institute of Historical Research) and Tobias Blanke (Co-I, King’s College London). Partner with The National Archives of the UK (Sonia Ranade), University of Cambridge (Anne Alexander), University of Waterloo (Ian Milligan), British Library (Jason Webber and Jonathan Pledge), Webster Research and Consulting. (2016-)

Founder. Software Skills training programme for librarians. Distributed community authorship and maintenance (2015-)

Co-Investigator with Melissa Terras (PI, UCL Digital Humanities) and David Beavan (UCL Digital Humanities), James Hetherington (UCL Research IT Services), Martin Zaltz Austwick (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis), and Adam Farquhar (British Library), Jisc funded project to support translating humanities questions into computational queries and to develop open, citable exemplar workflow packages for teaching, learning, and reuse. (2015)

with Melissa Terras (UCL Digital Humanities) and Dean Mohamedally (UCL Computer Science), client side supervision for BSc and MSc Computer Science and Systems Engineering assessed projects. (2014-2015)

Co-Investigator with Adam Farquhar (PI) and Ben O’Steen, research programme using Microsoft Azure cloud resources (2013-2015)

ESRC and Rochester Bridge Trust funded research project. (2010-2012)

Professional Activities


Steering Committee, Collaborations Workshop 2019 (2018-2019)

Committee Member, Section for Archives and Technology (2018-)

Member of Peer Review College (2017-)

Editor, Archivist, Treasurer, Sponsorship Coordinator, and Member of the Editorial Board (2017-)

Member of Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group (2017-)

Certified Instructor (2017-)

Founder (with Janet Delve, David Anderson, Sharon Webb) of University of Sussex and University of Brighton joint seminar (2017-)

Fellowship Review Panel (2016-)

Peer Review College, Annual Conference (2016-)

Convenor (2014-)

Editorial Advisory Board Member (2013-) 

Advisory Board Member (2012-)


Member of Technical College (2017-2018)

Editorial Board, Review Editor (2014-2018)

Member of Expert Advisory Panel (2017)

Programme Committee (2017)

Advisory Board Member (2015-2016)

Supported by the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, PI Matthew K. Gold. Advisory Board Member (2015-2016)

Judge, Digital History Prize (2013)

Programme Consultant (2012)

Founder and convener with Don Leggett (2010-2013)

Elected position (2010-2013)

In addition, peer review service for:

PhD Supervision

Secondary supervisor for British Library Collaborative Doctoral Studentship (2014-2018). Supervisory team led by Karen Harvey (University of Birmingham), with Colin Reid (University of Sheffield) and Neil Fitzgerald (British Library).


The Digital Archive, Year Three “Thematic” option module, History, convenor (2018-)

Art and the City, Year Two core module, Art History, lecturer (2018-)

Art History at Work, Master’s core module, Art History, seminar leader (2018-)

Stories of Art II. Year One core module, Art History, lecturer (2018-)

Stories of Art I. Year One core module, Art History, lecturer (2017-)

Making History. Foundation Year core module, History, lecturer (2017-)

1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image. Year Two ‘Time and Place’ option module, History, convenor (2016-)

Reading Art History: Critical Texts. Year Two core module, Art History, convenor (2016-)

Ideas of History. Year Two core module, History, lecturer (2016-)

Stories of Art I. Year One core module. Art History, lecturer (2016-)

Stories of Art II. Year One core module. Art History, lecturer (2016-)

Making the Modern World. Year One core module, History, lecturer (2015-)

Early Modern World. Year One core module, History, lecturer and seminar leader (2015-)

Whose Heritage? Year Two elective module, lecturer (2016)

Methods & Approaches to Art History. Year Two core module, Art History, seminar leader (2015)

Theories & Approaches to Art History. Master’s core module, Art History, seminar leader (2015)

Digital Scholarship Training programme: Professional development, convener and class leader (2013-2015)

Methods & Interpretations of Historical Research: Master's level module, seminar leader (2012-2014)

Victorian Britain: Year One module, convener, lecturer, and seminar leader (2010-2013)

Making History: Year One core module, seminar leader (2009-2013)

Guest Lecturer (2015)

Guest Lecturer (2014)

Guest Lecturer (2014)

Administrative Roles

Member, HAHP Staff Wellbeing Advisory Group (2018-)

Member, Social Sciences & Arts Cross-Schools Research Ethics Committee (2017-)

Convenor, History and English joint honours (2016-)

Member, Sussex Humanities Lab Core Management Team (2018)

Member, Interview Panel, Digital Archivist (2017)

Event Organisation

Lead Instructor, University of Edinburgh

Co-organiser with Wellcome Library Collections Information Team

Lead Instructor, The National Archives

University of Padova, Lead Instructor

Lead organiser, University of Sussex

Lead Instructor, University of Sussex

Lead organiser, University of Sussex

Co-organiser with Adam Crymble and Carys Brown

PI, Software Skills Training for Librarians, City University London

Organiser, Software Skills Training for Historians, British Library

Unconference organiser, British Library

Exhibition curator (with Nicholas Hiley), British Cartoon Archive

Conference organiser (with Danielle Thom), University of Kent

Symposium organiser (with Reeta Kangas), University of Kent

Exhibition curator (with Nicholas Hiley and Emily Dennis), British Cartoon Archive

Conference organiser (with Jaime Ashworth), University of Kent

Software Training

Coursera MOOC. Statement of Accomplisment with Distinction.

Two-day course in Greenwich led by Greg Wilson (Executive Director of the Software Carpentry Foundation)

Coursera MOOC. Statement of Accomplisment.

Professional Affiliations