- Guggenheim Fellow (2006)
- Titled Professor (1999)
- Mendel Chair in Latin American History
Daniel James was educated at Oxford University and received his doctorate from the London School of Economics. He was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University and from 1979 to 1982 taught sociology at the University of Brasilia. Since coming to the United States he has taught Latin American history at Yale University and Duke University until coming to Indiana in 1999 to take up the Bernardo Mendel Chair in Latin American History. His area of teaching is Latin American social/cultural/labor.