James J. O'Donnell

James O'Donnell
James J. O'Donnell
Classics Scholar, University Librarian, ASU; Author, Pagans

JAMES J. O'DONNELL is a classical scholar and University Librarian at Arizona State University. He formerly served as University Professor at Georgetown University (2012-2015) and as Provost of Georgetown University from 2002–2012. O'Donnell previously served as Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing at the University of Pennsylvania (1996–2002). He is a former President of the American Philological Association and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. Since 2012, he chairs the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. In 1990, he co-founded Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second online scholarly journal in the humanities ever created.

He is the author of Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace; Augustine: A New Biography; The Ruin of the Roman Empire; and, most recently, Pagans. He has published widely on the cultural history of the late antique Mediterranean world and is a recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education.