James Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the University of Sussex and at the Sussex Humanities Lab. He is a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and holds degrees from the University of Southampton and latterly the University of Kent, where in 2010 he completed his doctoral research on the late-Georgian artist-engraver Isaac Cruikshank.
James cares about how people in the past interacted with things. His published research has focused on topics as diverse as long eighteenth century British satirical art and near contemporary information technologies. He is an expert in the history of the printed image and his monograph The Business of Satirical Prints in Late-Georgian England was published in 2017. His curatorial practice focuses on born-digital objects, personal digital archives, and digital forensics.
Current funded research projects focus on digital forensics in the historical humanities (European Commission), the preservation of intangible cultural heritage (British Council), and curatorial voice in descriptions of art objects (British Academy).
Prior to joining Sussex, James held positions of Digital Curator at the British Library and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar, a member of The Programming Historian Editorial Board, and a committee member of the Archives and Records Association (UK) Section for Archives and Technology.