James Clifford Swider is currently a doctoral candidate in the Composition and Linguistics program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He earned his Master of Arts in English at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Nazarbayev University, James taught various composition, literature, and language courses at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. James also was the assistant director of the writing center at IUP where he taught first-year composition and research writing. He has several published research articles and regularly attends academic conferences to stay current in the field of composition.