Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D.

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. Dr. Bellitto is 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. 
During and immediately after college, he worked in journalism, then 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. He was 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 2010-2012, 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?"  As a Fulbright Specialist, he will teach at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand July-August 2019.
Dr. 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). In addition, Dr. Bellitto 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). 

He has also taped a series of audio and video courses on Christianity and ancient, medieval, and reformation history for Now You Know Media. For some samples: Ancient Greece, Crusades, Medieval Europe, John Paul II.
His scholarly and outreach articles have appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, Church History, Annuarium historiae conciliorumCristianesimo nella storia, Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, The Tablet, CNN.com, Reuters, NJ.com 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. A longtime public historian, he also offers professional development workshops on working with the media, publishing, writing outreach articles and essays, and speaking to a wide range of audiences.

Curriculum vitae

Courses taught
  • World Civilization 
  • Ancient City
  • Greek Civilization
  • Trojan War: History and Legend
  • Athens in the Age of Pericles
  • Alexander the Great:  History and Legend
  • Roman Civilization
  • Roman Revolution
  • Roman Empire
  • The Papacy and Its History
  • Medieval Europe: History and Civilization 
  • England in the Middle Ages
  • Reformation Europe
  • History of Just War
  • Crusades
Contact information
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