Dr. Nancy C. James has more than 25 years of experience working as an author and researcher in the fields of religion, philosophy, writing, and English. Her background includes 16 years of supervisory work at religious-based institutions, as well as executive and director-level work at non-profits serving women and homeless populations. Additionally, she has worked closely with adjudicated and incarcerated youth, serving as a counselor and English teacher for Virginia probation services and the Lorton Reformatory.
Past faculty credits include lecturer and teaching positions at Marymount University and American University. From 2000 to 2009, she also served as a writer and researcher for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate located at Georgetown University. Dr. James has been invited to speak about her expertise at a variety of religious and political venues, and her notable writing credits include seven books exploring the life and philosophy of 17th-century French mystic and Quietism advocate Madame Guyon. James also has published books about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as well as twentieth century philosopher Paul Ricoeur.
Dr. James is a Part-Time Professor at the Manassas Campus, where she teaches writing, religion, and philosophy. She served on the Prince George’s County faculty from 1999 to 2001, and joined Strayer’s Distinguished Scholar Council in 2012.
She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University and an Associate in Arts in English with honors from American River College.
Dr. James is an accomplished concert pianist, professional ballet accompanist, and flutist.