James Harkins is the Director of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records. He graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos in 2005. In 2010, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, also from Texas State, and is the 2010-2011 James W. McGrew Research Award winner for his graduate thesis from the American Society for Professional Administrators (ASPA). He has also been awarded the 2021 The Cecilia Steinfeldt Fellowship for Research in the Arts and Material Culture, the 2020 Larry McNeill Research Fellowship in Texas Legal History. He has worked for the Texas General Land Office since May of 2005.