Jesse James is a dual PhD student in international peace studies and political science at the University of Notre Dame, with a first field concentration in international relations and second field focus in political theory. She is currently writing a dissertation on tribal sovereignty, power, and American Indian economies within the framework of international relations under the direction of Ernesto Verdeja. Her first publication—“Scholarship as Activism in the Field of Native Studies: A Potential Model for Peace Studies”—is forthcoming with the International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution and investigates the political nature of scholarship through a series of first person interviews. James holds a joint J.D./M.A. from American University in international peace and conflict resolution and earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Maryland in government and politics with a related minor in political rhetoric.