About the Author


1979   ‘Typology and Late Roman Fortification: the Case of the Diocletianic Type’ in W. S. Hanson and

           L.J.F. Keppie, eds. Roman Frontier Studies 1979: Papers presented to the 12th International Congress of Roman

           Frontier Studies. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. 3: 1051-1061.

1982    J. Lander and S. Thomas Parker. ‘Legio IV Martia and the Legionary Camp at El-Lejjun.’

           Byzantion 8: 185-210.

1984   Roman Stone Fortifications: Variation and Change from the First Century A.D. to the Fourth. Oxford: British

           Archaeological Reports.

1986   ‘Did Hadrian Abandon Arabia?’ in P. W. M. Freeman and David Kennedy, eds., Defence of the

           Roman and Byzantine East. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. 1: 397-409.

1987   ‘A Tale of Two Interpretations.’ History Today 37 (April), 62 [Christmas essay competition first prize].

1987   A Walk through Historic Chertsey (self-published).

1992   The Heart of Thorpe: A History of the Site of TASIS England (self-published).

1998    J. Lander and David Wheeler. Faith in a Small Town: History of Catholicism in Chertsey 1898-1998.  


2000   Peter Labilliere: The Man Buried Upside Down on Box Hill (self-published).

2005   To Kidnap the King (unpublished study of the Sayre Plot of 1775).

2006   ‘A Tale of Two Hoaxes in Britain and France in 1775.’ The Historical Journal 49 (Dec.), 995-1024.

2010   Lincoln and Darwin: Shared Visions of Race, Science, and Religion (Carbondale: Southern

           Illinois University Press).

2011   ‘Herndon’s “Auction List” and Lincoln’s Interest in Science.’ The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln     Association 32 (Summer), 16-49.

2015    ‘When Lincoln Borrowed a Book He Didn’t Like.’ The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 36 (Winter), 47-63.


1974     B.A.     (History and Classics) Loyola University of Los Angeles (with one year at University of

                          Durham, UK)

1975     M.A.    (Classics) University of Durham

1984     Ph.D.   (Archaeology) UCLA


1968-75       various part-time jobs to pay for education

1975-80       various jobs on archaeological excavations and in education

1980-85       teaching history at Harvard School [now Harvard-Westlake] in N. Hollywood, Calif.

1985-2014   teaching history at TASIS American School in Thorpe, Surrey.

2014-           working on a book about WWII, when I’m not gardening.

Dr. James Lander was born and raised in California but has spent most of his life in Britain.

He holds degrees from American and British universities in History, Classics and Archaeology, and has taught United States and European History at an American school in England for thirty years.

He has published works on archaeology and local history as well as articles in historical journals.

Photograph by John Smalley

Copies of A Walk through Historic Chertsey and Peter Labilliere,

available from the author at jlander909@gmail.com

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