Dr. JAMES ROBERTSON PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF PROFESSOR
Posted: March 21, 2017
The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce that Dr. James Robertson, Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Education has been promoted to the rank of professor. The promotion comes in the wake of assessment of his academic accomplishments and contribution to his field.
James Robertson attained the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southampton in 1981 and the Master of Arts (1984) and PhD (1993) History from Washington University, St. Louis.
Professor Robertson joined the staff at the University of the West Indies, Mona in 1995 as a lecturer the Department of History. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005. His research has clustered around aspects of urban history, cultural history and the stories that communities tell themselves to comprehend their current status.
Dr Robertson is well-published, and has received numerous grants and fellowships including the Andrew W. Mellon, Gilder-Lerner and John Carter Brown Library Fellowships as well as those offered by the National Maritime Museum, the Henry E. Huntington Library, The British Library and Oxford Brookes University. His book, "Gone is the Ancient Glory"! Spanish Town, Jamaica, 1534-2000, is the first English language urban history to cover the development of a Caribbean town from its foundation to the present.
He has published one book, 17 single authored refereed articles, nine chapters in refereed volumes, contributed to co-authored articles and co-edited a special issue of Caribbean Quarterly. He has also published a further 14 articles in various academic but non-refereed journals, along with at least nine chapters in non-refereed academic volumes, and 27 reviews. He is currently working on three books. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Early American History since its foundation in 2009.
He has developed six new courses, and recast and taught a further four courses, two at the postgraduate level. He has also supervised one PhD and is serving as a committee member for an additional two. He has also supervised 15 Masters Degrees in areas such as Heritage Studies, History and Geography, and is currently supervising four Heritage Studies MAs and one History MPhil.
Dr. Robertson has been the Department's liaison with the University Library since 1996. In September 2013, he was elected Fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society. He has also served the Jamaican Historical Society, the Archaeological Society of Jamaica, the Institute of Jamaica’s Museum division, and the American Society for 18th Century Studies. He is the National Archives Advisory Committee’s longest serving member, having been appointed in 2003