JAMES J. ODONNELL is a classical scholar and University Professor at Georgetown University, where he served as Provost from 2002-2012. In February 2015, he becomes University Librarian at Arizona State University. O'Donnell previously served as Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing at the University of Pennsylvania where he was also member of the faculty.
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.
In 1990, he co-founded Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second on-line scholarly journal in the humanities ever created. He is a former President of the American Philological Association and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. In 1994, he taught an Internet-based seminar on the work of Augustine of Hippo that reached 500 students.