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James O'Toole

professor and clough millennium chair in history

James O'Toole

Telephone: 617-552-8456

Office: Stokes S319


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Boston College, 1987

Fields of Interest

American religion; American Catholic history; history of information

Academic Profile

Professor O’Toole teaches courses in the history of American religion and the history of American Catholicism. His interests lie in the history of religious practice and popular devotional life. He has published a general history of the American Catholic laity from Colonial times to the present, and he is also studying the history of the practice of confession in America. He is currently writing a new history of Boston College.

List of graduate dissertations and undergraduate theses Prof. O'Toole has advised.

Representative Publications

  • The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America (2008)
  • Boston's Histories: Essays in Honor of Thomas H. O'Connor, co-edited with David Quigley (2004)
  • Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820-1920 (2002)
  • Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1859-1944 (1992)
  • Understanding Archives and Manuscripts (1990)