James Daniel graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a double major in Chinese and economics. As a cadet, James spent a semester abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the armor branch. Upon finishing training, James was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, where he deployed to Maysan Province in southeastern Iraq as a platoon leader from 2010-2011. After serving as a platoon leader and concluding a period of staff time, James was assigned to Korea. Most recently, he served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom Truce Village. At Yale, he studied political economy, globalization and diplomacy, and honed his language skills. After graduation, he will attend the IUP Chinese language program at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Light Fellow and will start teaching at West Point in August.