|James Daniel Elam is a Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric and Public Culture Program at Northwestern University. He received his B.A. in cultural studies and comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. in rhetoric at Northwestern University. Mr. Elam's work draws on his interests in book history, print culture, and postcolonial studies. He has worked on the illicit circulation of Indian anti-colonial agitators' prison notebooks during the late colonial period. His Master's thesis examined the common metaphors of radical and cosmopolitan political thought between Bhagat Singh and Emma Goldman. His work at Northwestern has focused on anti-colonial/anti-racist solidarity between South Asians, Africans, and black Americans. He is currently working on an article on Dhan Gopal Mukerji's "Caste and Outcast" (1923) and W.E.B. DuBois's "Dark Princess" (1928).
James Elam's Fulbright-Nehru research titled "Circulation of Anti colonial Thought and Indian Cosmopolitanism, 1900-1930" asks: in what ways can the movement of Indian anti-colonial thinkers in the early twentieth century help us to rethink the relationship between transnational circulation, cosmopolitanism, and anti colonialism? It examines the circulation of Indian anti-colonial thought through people, texts, and ideas across the world. This project proposes a reexamination of central anti-colonial figures from 1900 to 1930, when they traveled between Delhi, London, and San Francisco before their later national rise to political power. Subsequently, this project draws attention to the ways in which such thought built on cosmopolitan networks across the British Empire.