Meet Our Lecturers

James Delgado, Ph.D. is among the world’s leading experts in maritime archaeology and cultural heritage. Dr. Delgado joined SEARCH in 2017 and serves as Senior Vice President. He is responsible for ensuring operational and research excellence, implementing strategic initiatives, and expanding the firm’s international footprint. Dr. Delgado also serves as a public speaker, international delegate, documentary host, and major project spokesperson. Prior to joining SEARCH, Dr. Delgado served as the Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for NOAA for seven years, where he implemented heritage programs and active research in the nation’s waters, as well as promoted outreach and education on America’s underwater and marine heritage. Previously, he served a four-year term as President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the world’s leading scientific and educational organization dedicated to the understanding of humanity’s seafaring history through the excavation and scientific study of shipwrecks. Dr. Delgado was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia, Canada for 15 years, and he served as Maritime Historian and Head of the US government’s Maritime Heritage Program for the US National Park Service for four years in Washington, DC. Dr. Delgado also served as the first historian for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay Area where he participated in the restoration and interpretation of Alcatraz.

Dr. Delgado is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books, including The Lost Submarines of Pearl Harbor (Texas A&M University Press), The Maritime Landscape of the Isthmus of Panama (University Press of Florida), and the Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology (Yale University Press). He has served as keynote speaker and presented to more than a hundred conferences and his work has reached hundreds of millions of viewers as host on six seasons of a National Geographic series, The Sea Hunters, as well as scientific programs on Discovery, The History Channel, A&E, and Nat Geo. On social media, his live expedition broadcasts at Pearl Harbor and at the wreck of the USS Independence were each telecast to over one million viewers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and The Explorers’ Club, and most recently was made an Officer of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Read Dr. Delgado's articles in ARCHAEOLOGY Magazine:

History's 10 Greatest Wrecks

Saving History for the Public

Diving on the Titanic 

Archaeology of Titanic 

Relics of the Kamikaze

Letter from Bermuda: Secrets of a Civil War Shipwreck 

All Hands on Deck 

Kevin Dicus is Assistant Professor with the Classics Department, University of Oregon, and holds his degrees from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Ph.D.) and the University of Arizona.  He areas of specialization are Pompeii, ancient urbanism, and material culture theory.  He is Co-Director (with Allison Emmerson) of the Pompeii Urban Waste Project, Excavation Supervisor for the University of Cincinnati Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, and is also working at the Gruppo Archeologico Romano excavations in the Tolfa Mountains.  His current publication projects include Excavations at Pompeii (I.l, VII.7, and the Porta Stabia), Vol. 1, Structure, Stratigraphy, and Space (co-author), and Refuse Management in the Roman City (in progress).

John Dobbins is with the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), Boston University, and College of the Holy Cross.  He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa.  Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.

Professor Feder is with the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, and holds his degrees from the University of Connecticut (Ph.D.) and SUNY Stony Brook.  His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past, including archaeological frauds. He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a long-term investigation of the prehistory of the Farmington River Valley, and has published and spoken widely on his work.

Bernard Frischer is Professor with the Department of Informatics at Indiana University, a leading virtual archaeologist and the author of seven printed books, three e-books, and dozens of articles on virtual heritage, Classics, and the survival of the Classical world. He is the founding editor of Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, an innovative online, peer-reviewed journal where scientists can publish interactive 3D models, and also a Senior Scientist with Public VR, a non-profit research corporation dedicated to research in virtual reality for education.


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