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  William J. Connell, Ph.D.

William J. Connell, Ph.D.
Former Commissioner

Appointed: January 2002 – June 2005
Occupation: Historian
Committees: Commission Board of Advisors; Board of Academic Advisors to the Institute
Professional Experience Seton Hall University, Professor of History, La Motta Chair in Italian Studies,

and Director, Alberto Italian Studies Institute

Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Assistant Professor of History

Reed College, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Educational Background: University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley, M.A.

Yale University, B.A., summa cum laude

Affiliations/Organizations: American Catholic Historical Association

American Friends of the Vatican Library

American Historical Association

College Art Association

Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study

Friends of the Princeton Library

Fulbright Association

The Historical Society

International Society for Intellectual History

Journal of the History of Ideas, Board of Editors

Medieval Academy of America

Phi Beta Kappa

Renaissance Society of America, Executive Council

Yale Club of New York City

Italian American Affiliations: American Association for Italian Studies

American Italian Historical Association

Associazione "Amici di Groppoli"

Center for Italian and Italian American Culture, Cedar Grove

Italian American Heritage Club of Hunterdon County

National Italian American Foundation

Scuola e Coro d’Italia

Society for Italian Historical Studies

SocietÓ Pistoiese di Storia Patria

Generational Ancestry:
Irish, Welsh and German
Regional Ancestry:
West Cork, Wales and somewhere in Russia
Favorite Italian Personages: Lorenzo Valla, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Lou Prima
Meaning of Italian Heritage: "There is no more varied and interesting field of history than Italian history."