Curriculum Vitae

Dr James Baker FRHistS

Address                Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton, 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


10.1080/13619462.2018.1539828 (self archived open access post-print available on my personal website).

Chapters in Books



Creative Outputs







Unpublished Work

Grants, Research Funding, and Awards

Selected Presented Papers

Invited Talks


Professional Activities


Digital Innovation and Curation in Arts and Humanities (iDAH), UK Research and Innovation

        Research Software Engineering Steering Group Member (2022-)

University of Leeds

External Examiner, MA New Media (2022-2026)

Future Scholarship Board, Adam Matthew Digital

        Advisory Board Member (2022-2024)

University of Cambridge

External Examiner, MPhil Digital Humanities (2021-2024)

Univesity of Manchester

        External Advisor, MA Digital Media, Culture, and Society (2022-23)

Research Libraries UK / Arts and Humanities Research Council Scoping Study: The role of academic and research libraries as active participants and leaders in the production of scholarly research

Steering Group Member and Applicant Advisory (2021-)

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Member of the COVID19 Expert Peer Review Group (2020-2021)

Member of Academic Peer Review College (2017-)

Digital Humanities Climate Coalition

        Co-founder (2021-)

Mass-Observing Covid-19, Research Resources Awards in Humanities and Social Science, Wellcome Trust

        Advisory Board Member (2021-2023)

The hidden REF

Committee Member (2020-)

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentships at the National Archives

Academic Review Panel (2020-)

Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Member, Extended Pool of Panel Members (2019-)

British Art Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Yale Center for British Art

International Advisory Board Member (2018-)

Software Sustainability Institute

Steering Committee, Collaborations Workshop 2023 (2022-2023)

Fellow Mentor, Anna-Maria Sichani (2020)

Steering Committee, Collaborations Workshop 2019 (2018-2019)

Fellowship Review Panel (2016-)

The Programming Historian

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

Ligue des Bibliotheques Europeennes de Recherche (LIBER)

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

Software Carpentry

Certified Instructor (2017-)

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

Peer Review College, Annual Conference (2016-)

Digital History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research

Convenor (2014-)

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

Editorial Advisory Board Member (2013-) 


Archives and Records Association UK & Ireland

Committee Member, Section for Archives and Technology (2018-2021)

Library Carpentry

Founder of the programme; maintainer of ‘Intro to Data’ lesson (2015-2021)

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Member of Technical College (2017-2018)

Digital Humanities South Seminar

Founder (with Janet Delve, David Anderson, Sharon Webb) of University of Sussex and University of Brighton joint seminar (2017-2018)

Digital History: Frontiers in Digital Humanities

Editorial Board, Review Editor (2014-2018)

Text and Data Mining Project Group (Jisc)

Member of Expert Advisory Panel (2017)

History Lab Plus, Institute of Historical Research

Advisory Board Member (2012-2017)

HistoInformatics 2017 (Singapore) - the 4th International Workshop on Computational History

Programme Committee (2017)

Historical Texts (Jisc)

Advisory Board Member (2015-2016)

DH Box

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

History Today

Judge, Digital History Prize (2013)

Britain and the Sea (BBC Television)

Programme Consultant (2012)

Clio@Kent, School of History Postgraduate Reading Group, University of Kent

Founder and convener with Don Leggett (2010-2013)

Associate and Assistant Lecturer Representative, School of History, University of Kent

Elected position (2010-2013)

In addition, peer review service for:

PhD Supervision

Co-supervisor (with Dr Jacob Norris) for CHASE-funded studentship. (2019-2022)

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).


Archiving Power - Empire to Windrush. Year Three Special Subject option module, History, co-convenor (2020-2021)

Making the Modern World. Year One core module, History, lecturer (2015-2021)

Early Modern World. Year One core module, History, lecturer and seminar leader (2015-2021)

Art and the City. Year Two core module, Art History, lecturer (2018-2020)

Making History. Foundation Year core module, History, lecturer (2017-2020)

Ideas of History. Year Two core module, History, lecturer (2016-2020)

Stories of Art I. Year One core module. Art History, lecturer (2016-2020)

Stories of Art II. Year One core module. Art History, lecturer (2016-2019)

1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image. Year Two ‘Time and Place’ option module, History, convenor (2016-2019)

Reading Art History: Critical Texts. Year Two core module, Art History, convenor (2016-2019)

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

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

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, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Committee (2022-)

Faculty Representative, University Open Research Group (2022-)

Director, Southampton Digital Humanities (2021-)

Member, School of Humanities Senior Leadership Team (2021-)

Super Recruiter, Inclusive Recruitment Project (2021-)

Academic Advisory Board, Web Science Institute (2021-)

Director, Sussex Humanities Lab (2021)

Member, Media Arts and Humanities Peer Review College (2021)

Member, Media Arts and Humanities Grant Strategy Group (2021)

Member, Global Challenges Research Fund – Official Development Assistance Advisory Group (2020-2021)

Member, Covid-19 Research Coordination Group (2020-2021)

History Departmental Rep, University and College Union (2020-2021)

Member, Research Data Management Steering Group (2019-2021)

Member, Sussex Humanities Lab Core Management Team (2018-2021)

Convenor, History and English joint honours (2016-2018, 2020-2021)

Member, HAHP Staff Wellbeing Advisory Group (2018-2020)

Convenor, History and Sociology joint honours (2019)

Member, Social Sciences & Arts Cross-Schools Research Ethics Committee (2017-2020)

Member, Interview Panel, Digital Archivist (2017)

Member, Access and Reuse Group (2014-2015)

Line Manager, Curator of e-Manuscripts (2014-2015)

Event Organisation

Three events, lead instructor, University of Sussex (via Zoom)

Lead organiser, University of Sussex

Lead organiser, University of Sussex

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