Jesse James

Graduate Student


  • Greek history

  • Greek and Roman law and their afterlives

  • History of international law

  • Greek epigraphy

  • Greek and Roman philosophy and oratory

Jesse James is writing a dissertation provisionally titled "Greek International Law: Networks, Socialization, and Compliance" under the supervision of Professor John Ma. The two main goals of the dissertation are (1) to provide an up-to-date survey of the elements and institutions of Greek international law and (2) to make a case that Greeks used, followed, and enforced international law partly as a result of social structures and norms, values, and attitudes that were created and strengthened by the various international networks that connected the ancient Greek world.

Aside from Greek international law, matters of particular interest to Jesse are: the ethics of persuasion; the enduring effects of Greek and Roman rhetorical theory and practice in European and Anglo-American law; the role of procedure within legal and political systems; philosophical method; and local political and legal autonomy. 

Prior to coming to Columbia Jesse studied Classics and law, having earned an A.B. in Classics from Cornell, an M.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley. He also practiced law for several years in New York