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Economics and Business

James Ravelle

Professor of Economics and Business (1978)


  • B.A., Villanova University
  • J.D., University of South Carolina at Columbia
  • D.A., Lehigh University


Phone: 610-861-1378 
Office: Comenius Hall, room 211

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

All areas of employment law; corporate and commercial law; banking and financial institutions; organizational theory and human resource management; public sector labor relations; alternative dispute resolution; comparative compensation analysis.


Dr. James Ravelle is both an attorney and a college professor at Moravian College in Bethlehem. He specializes in the area of employment labor, business, banking, and corporate law. He also has extensive experience as a commercial and labor arbitrator and in civil litigation.

Dr. Ravelle received his B.A. from Villanova University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. At USC, he was selected to join the Moot Court Bar. Dr. Ravelle also earned a Doctorate of Arts degree in Public Administration and Labor Economics from Lehigh University, where he was a Carnegie Fellow. His dissertation was entitled, "An Analysis of Pay Comparability in Federal Employment."

At Moravian College, Dr. Ravelle received the Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching and he is a three-time recipient of the Timothy Briedigam Award for Outstanding Faculty Service (1988, 1999 and 2006). Dr. Ravelle has also been elected seven times to serve as the faculty commencement speaker by the graduating classes at Moravian. A well-known expert in the area of public sector labor relations and financial law, Dr. Ravelle is the author of over a dozen academic papers and articles.

Dr. Ravelle joined the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1977. He has also been admitted to practice in New Jersey and before several U.S. District Courts. In his lengthy career, Dr. Ravelle has served as a solicitor to labor unions, corporations, banks, and local governmental units. He is also a former Board member and President of Brafferton Financial, LLC.

At Moravian College, Dr. Ravelle served as the Chair of the Department of Economics and Business, the Chair of the Department of Sociology, and he is a former member of the Board of Trustees.