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Ph.D., Fordham University
M.A., Fordham University
B.A., New York University

Courses Taught

  • Greek Civilization
  • Roman Civilization
  • Athens in the Age of Pericles
  •  Papacy and its History
  • Ancient City
  • Roman Revolution
  • Alexander the Great: History and Legend
  • Roman Empire
  • Civil Society in America
  • Trojan War: History and Legend
  • Western Civilization I and II
  • Medieval Europe: History and Civilization I and II
  • Crusades


Bellitto is the author of ten books, including most recently: Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible (Paulist Press, 2016), 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), The Living Church and Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2011, 2008), and the companion volumes, The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II and Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II (Paulist Press 2001-2002). He is also the author of Nicolas de Clamanges: Spirituality, Personal Reform, and Pastoral Renewal on the Eve of the Reformations (Catholic University of America Press, 2001).

He has co-edited six volumes of collected essays, including Reassessing Reform: A Historical Investigation into Church Renewal (Catholic University of America Press, 2012), The Church, the Councils, and Reform: The Legacy of the Fifteenth Century (Catholic University of America Press, 2008), and Reforming the Church Before Modernity: Patterns, Problems, and Approaches (Ashgate, 2005). His scholarly and outreach articles have appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, Church History, Annuarium historiae conciliorum, Cristianesimo nella storia, Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, The Tablet,, Reuters, and other outlets. His writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association.

In addition to his own writing, Dr. Bellitto has long experience as an editor. He is currently Academic Editor at Large for Paulist Press, and Editor in Chief of the series Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition


Bellitto is 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 been quoted in The New York Times, the Washington Postet al, and has appeared on The History Channel, CNN, MSNBC, PBS' News Hour, NPR, and other local radio and TV stations. He 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.  In 2010-2012, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant to develop a course titled, "Is there such a thing as a just war?"