James is from and lives on Tiohtià:ke (so-called Montréal). He is of Portuguese descent (Portugal/Açores) and is a French-Québécois speaker. He has completed a Master’s thesis on decolonization and Canadian economics pedagogy to better understand how settler-colonialism is reproduced through Canadian post-secondary introductory economics classrooms.
James is also very interested in critical thinking methodologies, data science and machine learning and hopes to eventually develop the capacity to apply decolonial and anti-oppressive processes to emerging information technologies. As for his non-geeky side, James is taking some time to learn about his Portuguese ancestral roots, through the art of cooking and baking.