Yale University, New Haven, CT, BA, 05/2008, Political Science
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, MSW, 05/2010, Social Work
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, MS, 08/2010, Social Policy
University of California, San Francisco, PhD, 06/2016, Sociology

Honors & Awards

  • 2006
    Yale University President's Public Service Fellowship
  • 2008
    Yale University Morse College Fellows Award
  • 2010-2012
    UCSF National Institute for General Medical Sciences Fellowship
  • 2012
    AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award ($1,800)
  • 2012-2013
    UCSF Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship
  • 2013-2014
    UCSF Graduate Dean's Health Science Fellowship
  • 2013-2014
    Esther Ngan-Ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship ($15,000)
  • 2014
    UCSF School of Pharmacy, Dean’s Recognition for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2014
    UCSF Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Educational,
  • Research & Leadership Development in Gerontological Nursing Award ($1,000)
  • 2014-2015
    University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship
  • 2014-2015
    Olesen Dissertation Scholarship ($2,000)
  • 2015
    Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship ($2,500)
  • 2015-2016
    UCSF School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship ($6,000)
  • 2016
    UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Finalist
  • 2018
    International Institute for Qualitative Inquiry, Qualitative Dissertation Award
  • 2021
    UCSF Population Health and Health Equity Scholar
  • 2021
    Greenwall Faculty Scholar, Greenwall Foundation
  • 2021
    UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows Award
  • 2021
    Changemaker in Family Planning Award, Society of Family Planning
  • 2022
    UCSF Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center Emerging Health Equity Scholar Award

Selected Publications

  • James, J.E. (2020) "Collective Dialogue and the Ethics of Caring: A Black Feminist Methodology." In Z. Luna & W. Pirtle (Eds.), Black Feminist Sociology. New York: Routledge.
  • James, J. (2018). Reinforcing Loss and Rendering Invisible: Adoptee Experience and the Structural Failings of Biomedicine. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 8(2), 151-156. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • James, J.E. (2016) "Black Women with Advanced Cancer and the Challenge of Biomedicine: A Black Feminist Methodological Exploration of the Lived Experience of Terminal Illness." PhD dissertation. Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco.
  • Kestenbaum, A., James, J.E., Borovska, S., Shields, M., Hocker, W., Rabow, M. and Dunn, L.B. (2015) "'Taking Your Place at the Table': an autoethnograpic study of chaplains' participation on an interdisciplinary research team." BMC Palliative Care, 14(1).

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