Expertise: Papal elections, Catholicism in the US, Greek and Roman history, history of the Vatican Council, history of the papacy
Biography: Dr. Bellitto is a Professor of History at Kean University in Union, NJ. He is also a frequent public speaker and media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism. He has appeared on The History Channel, CNN, MSNBC, PBS' News Hour, NPR, and other local radio and TV stations. Dr. Bellitto is also a member of the Speakers' Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the former chair of Kean's History Department. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. His B.A., magna cum laude, is from New York University, where he was a University Scholar with a double major in Journalism and Politics and a double minor in Classics and Religion.
During and immediately after college, Dr. Bellitto worked as a journalist, including a stint at Newsweek magazine. He taught English at his alma mater Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, NY, before entering graduate school at Fordham University, where he held Presidential Scholarships and was a Teaching Fellow while studying for his doctorate. He was then a church history professor at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) and its Institute of Religious Studies in Yonkers, NY, where he also served as the Institute’s Associate Dean. From 2001 to 2004, he was Academic Editor at Paulist Press in Mahwah, NJ, while teaching at Fordham’s College of Liberal Studies (2002-2004) and serving as a Fellow at Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies (2003-2004). In 2010, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant to develop a course entitled, "Is There Such a Thing as a Just War?"