James was born in 1973 in the United States and his education includes
a summa cum laude BS degree in astronomy and astrophysics with a
physics minor from Villanova University in 1996, an MS degree in
astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1999, and a PhD in
astronomy from the University of Maryland in 2004. At the time of
writing, he resides in Maryland and works as a software engineer doing
contract work for NASA. Music has been a lifelong interest for him.
He played trombone in various school and other bands in elementary
school, high school, and college, plays piano/keyboard at home, and has
written some songs since taking a music theory course in college. He
also enjoys ballroom dancing, which he learned in graduate school, and
has a wide variety of interests thanks to his love of learning.