James Watson-Krips is a Ph.D. candidate working on the history and impact of automobility in China's Republican period (1911-1949). Prior to Princeton, James spent a number of years in Beijing, where he worked in various roles across China's non-profit, communications, and automotive sectors. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude in East Asian Studies from Dickinson College, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Chinese and American studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
"I first became involved with GradFUTURES through the American Higher Ed Learning Cohort (Fall 2019), and was immediately struck by its inclusive character and transformative potential. Recognizing the program as a great opportunity to learn more about careers both inside and outside the academy, I knew I had to get involved.
Arriving in Princeton after nearly a decade in the private sector, I have come to see that there is no single path to academic career development -- skills learned outside the academy can be of great use in one's academic work, and the methodologies we employ as Ph.D. students can similarly help in a variety of careers beyond the academy. Through my fellowship with GradFUTURES, I hope to take the next step in my own search for this professional synergy, while at the same time helping my peers recognize that 'Skills for Scholars' can be as much about academic specialization as wide-ranging, holistic development."
I have participated in the following GradFUTURES Programs:
GradFUTURES Learning Cohorts
University Administrative Fellows Program