Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology Major
Jan J. DeAmicis, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Office: 120 DePerno Hall
Jan DeAmicis received his BA from Dartmouth College. After 4 years in the Air Force, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he earned his MA and Ph.D. (1976). His dissertation was a study of American emigration to Australia. Jan moved to Australia to interview American emigrants, and taught sociology at Melbourne University. Jan has also taught at Xiamen University (China) and Jagiellonian University (Poland) as well.
Professor DeAmicis has taught at Utica College since 1977. He has won Utica College awards for teaching and research, and the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Faculty award.
Jan’s area of interest is racial and cultural minorities, with an emphasis on local (Oneida County) Black history. He has written articles on local slavery, 19th and 20th Century Black family structure, and the history of Utica’s African Americans. Recently he presented a professional paper comparing Black family structure in various small New York cities, from 1880 to 1930. The next part of this study will compare black families in these same cities from 1950 to the present.
Professor DeAmicis also studies the pre-Civil War Abolitionist Movement, with a special focus on the region’s Underground Railroad. Chairing a committee of local citizens, he has helped to uncover many sites and people that were involved in this movement. DeAmicis has spoken before many groups and has published an article on the Underground Railroad.
In the future Jan would like to design a series of driving and walking tours across the county following Underground Railroad sites; certify more regional sites with the National Park Service (such as The Utica Rescue at Judge Hayden’s Office); and eventually write a book about it. If you are interested in Oneida County’s Underground Railroad, visit this website: oneidacountyfreedomtrail.com.
Professor DeAmicis coaches the Utica College Fencing Club.