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E. James

Professor E. James

Emeritus Professor

School of Welsh

Welsh speaking


I graduated in Welsh at Aberystwyth in 1972. After a period as Research Officer in the Department of Education at Aberystwyth University and as Deputy Warden of Pantycelyn Hall of Residence, I served as Director of the Evangelical Press of Wales for seventeen years. I was appointed Lecturer in Modern Welsh Literature in the School of Welsh at Cardiff University in 1994, where was until retirement a Professor and co-Director of the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies.


I have published extensively on various aspects of the literature and culture of Wales in the modern period. My research focuses primarily on areas relating to religion, identity, folk culture, textual criticism and book history, concentrating mainly on the hymn, the broadside ballad, and the literature of evangelicalism. I am Editor of the Ann Griffiths Website and the Welsh Ballads Website. I have also published extensively on the Welsh-language culture of south-east Wales, In my role as co-Director of the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies, I have a special research interest in the anti-slavery movement and in the Welsh diaspora in Patagonia.


Over the years I taught on a range of modules relating to the culture, literature and religion of Wales in the modern period (from the sixteenth century to the present), at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Honours and awards

Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, Fellow of the Welsh Hymn Society, Member of the Gorsedd of Bards, Member of the Welsh Academy, Member of the International Ballad Commission, Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2004), Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (2012), Fellow of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York (2012–13)

Committees and reviewing

SCOLAR Strategy Group