James Roland is one of the nation's foremost experts on the role of debate in urban education, and currently serves as the Director of Community Outreach and Engaged Scholarship for the Barkley Forum at Emory University. In this role, Roland works with K–12 students and teachers, using debate as a vehicle for social change and educational enrichment.
He was the principal architect of the after-school "Computer Assisted Debate Program" which was recognized as a signature program of the White House Saving America's Youth Initiative in 2007, and has served as a debate advisor to the U.S. State Department, Atlanta Housing Authority, Open Society Institute and Urban Debate Leagues. He has worked directly with thousands of challenged and incarnated youth of color. Programs he has been a part of have been highlighted by Newsweek, CNN, 60 minutes, Chronicles of Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Atlanta Journal Constitution and The New York Times.
Roland earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.