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Kean University

Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., is Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey, where he teaches courses in ancient and medieval history. A specialist in the Middle Ages, church history and reform, he is the author of ten books and over 30 articles and book chapters published in the United States and Europe, He has twice won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In Summer 2019, he was a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary 2021-2022. Dr. Bellitto also serves as series Editor in Chief of Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition and Academic Editor at Large for Paulist Press. He offers about 30 public lectures each year; is a member of the Public Scholar Speakers Bureau of the NJ Council for the Humanities, and has taped audio courses for Now You Know Media/Learn 25. A media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism, he appears frequently in print, on radio, and television.



  • Ph.D., Medieval History, Fordham University
  • M.A., Medieval History, Fordham University
  • B.A., Journalism and Politics, New York University

Courses Taught

  • Greek Civilization
  • Trojan War: History and Legend
  • Alexander the Great: History and Legend
  • Roman Civilization
  • Roman Empire
  • The Papacy and Its History
  • Medieval Europe: History and Civilization I and II
  • England in the Middle Ages
  • Reformation Europe
  • History of Just War
  • Crusades


  • Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible. Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2016
  • 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy. Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2008
  • The General Councils: A History of the Twenty-One Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II. Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2002
  • Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II. Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2001
  • Nicolas de Clamanges: Spirituality, Personal Reform and Pastoral Renewal on the Eve of the Reformations. Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2001