Dr. Leighton James is from Carmarthenshire and studied at the universities of Cardiff and Glamorgan. After completing his PhD he worked as a lecturer at the University of Swansea before taking up a post-doctoral post at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. He returned to Swansea University in September 2008 as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow.
Dr. James has previously worked on the social and political history of the South Wales and Ruhr coalfields. His current research is primarily focused on the on the social and cultural history of warfare. He is working on books on the experience of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars in German Central Europe and the Seven Years War.