Job Role: Senior Lecturer in Music; Senior Lecturer in Research and Innovation
James Lea is Senior Lecturer in Music and Senior Lecturer in Research and Innovation. He received a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a masters in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research for both degrees centred on aesthetics. He edited, along with the ethnomusicologist Thomas Turino, Identity and the Arts in Diaspora Communities, a book examining the crucial roles played by artists in society, an area that he continues to explore in his current research. He has performed solo recitals and lectured throughout the US and the UK. At RWCMD he lectures on the musician in society, music history, analysis, and aesthetics, and works with colleagues across the College to drive forward its commitment to research. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.