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Dr. James Delle Presented Chambliss Faculty Research Award

Dr. James Delle, center, with President Javier Cevallos (left) and Dr. Carlson ChamblissFebruary 25, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. James Delle, associate professor and chair of anthropology and sociology, was presented a Chambliss Faculty Research Award on Feb. 24.  Delle was one of two Chambliss Award recipients. 

Dr. Delle is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher and scholar committed to the study of Caribbean archeology, with a particular focus on understanding the social and economic consequences of pre-emancipation slavery in Jamaica.  More than a decade ago, he began his research on Marshall's Pen, a well-preserved estate on the Manchester plateau of Jamaica where, in the 19th Century, slaves grew and harvested coffee, lumber and other products for export to Europe. 

Dr. Delle has one book in print and two books in press on Caribbean archeology, with two additional books under contract. 

Since coming to Kutztown, he has also written or co-authored 14 articles on subjects ranging from archeology in Maxatawny Township to historical archeology in Lancaster, the underground railroad in the United States and women's lives and labor on a Jamaican coffee plantation.  Dr. Delle maintains an interest in these distinct lines of research from the eastern United States to the Caribbean to create a greater understanding of culture, politics, and economics of people from these very different places.

The award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, professor emeriti, is meant to recognize the very highest achievement in research and scholarship and can be awarded only once in a person's career.