Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University

James is the Director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University, which has partnered with over 90 organizations locally, nationally and globally on interfaith, refugees, environment, foreign policy and neighborhood economic development.

His teaching and research has focused upon comparative religions, global ethics, interfaith dialogue and the application of intercultural values to a range of issues connected with globalization. Before coming to Xavier University, he taught at Bucknell University, the University of Chicago, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and held chairs at The Rochester Institute of Technology and Hamilton College.

James has delivered over 200 lectures and talks worldwide on issues ranging from interfaith relations; globalization; systems theory and global systems, refugee and immigration issues; comparative value systems; China and Chinese thought; ecology and biotechnology. He has served on numerous editorial boards and been involved in NGO work worldwide.

His recent work in Cincinnati includes: The Mayor’s Immigration Task Force, The Mayor’s Steering Committee for the Green Cincinnati Plan, Boards of RefugeeConnect, Bridges of Faith Trialogue, the Cincinnati Anti-Hate Coalition, and OMID. He is co-chair of the Foreign Policy Leadership Council. He has published articles and books on topics ranging from comparative ethics to the social and environmental impacts of technological change.