Provost, Georgetown University
James J. O’Donnell is Provost at Georgetown University. 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.
In 1990, he co-founded Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second on-line scholarly journal in the humanities ever created. In 1994, he taught an Internet-based seminar on the work of Augustine of Hippo that reached 500 students. He has served as a Director and as President of the American Philological Association; he has also served as a Councillor of the Medieval Academy of America and has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy.
He serves as Delegate of the APA to the American Council of Learned Societies and serves 2005-06 as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Delegates and ex officio as a member of the Board of Trustees of the ACLS. From 1981-2002, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where this site was born in March of 1994.
Perhaps the only serving provost with a town in Texas named after him (we make, praeteritionally, no mention of the street in Madrid or in San Juan), or an article in WIRED quoting him, though his proximate ancestors actually hail from Castlegregory on the Dingle peninsula. He has shaken hands with the occasional president and conversed with sages, but he grew up living next door to a rocket scientist at White Sands Missile Range and if you look at the map you can find Hawk Street at the upper left. Like Mr. Tolkien’s hobbits, he is fond of stories he’s already heard, and heard some jolly ones from his father at White Sands long ago. Only someone with a rare and fine knowledge of the history of the O’Donnell clan would know why this relatively famous landmark appears on this page.