James Sundquist is a postdoctoral associate and Lecturer at the Jackson School of Global Affairs. His research focuses on China's relations with the developing world, particularly the politics of sovereign borrowing and perceptions of China as expressed in elite print media. His book project, Imagined Foreign Communities, examines depictions of China around the world and the domestic, Chinese, and Western forces that shape them.

James holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he worked as the first foreign faculty member at Changzhou Cuizhu Middle School in Jiangsu, China