The Catholic University of America

Prof. Joseph O'Connor

Joseph F. O'Connor (AB, Borromeo College of Ohio, 1965; MA, Ohio State, 1967; PhD, Ohio State, 1974) is Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Greek and Latin. A classicist with a broad portfolio of publications ranging from the pedagogy of mythology to Horace to Renaissance humanism, he has most recently co-authored a series of studies with Christine Smith that address the literary reception of architecture, including Building the Kingdom: Giannozzo Manetti on the Spiritual and Material Edifice (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2006), Eyewitness to Old St. Peter’s Basilica: Maffeo Vegio’s ‘Remembering the Ancient History of St. Peter’s in Rome’ (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and several articles. He and Dr. Smith have received a Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH, 1991-93) and Senior Research Fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust (1990-91) for their work on architectural descriptions, and Prof. O’Connor has also been the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship to the Vatican Film Library at St. Louis University (1994) and of a Program Grant from the NEH to offer a summer institute for teachers on the Odyssey. Before coming to Catholic University, Prof. O’Connor was a member of the faculty (Assistant to Associate to Professor) of the Classics Department at Georgetown University from 1971-2004, including serving for nine years as department chair or acting chair. Upon his retirement from Georgetown in 2004 he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He began teaching at Catholic University as a lecturer in 2006, and regularly offers both graduate and undergraduate courses, in Greek, in Latin, and in English translation. Prof. O’Connor was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Lecturer in 2010.