• PY_with_logo

    See the collection of talks by ACLS President Pauline Yu. 

  • 2018-board

    The ACLS Board of Directors at the 2018 annual meeting.  William Kirby, board chair, is at Pauline's right. See board and committees.

  • 2018-PY-ELewis

    Pauline in conversation with Earl Lewis, then president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  See the video series.

ACLS Board of Directors

James J. O'Donnell

James J. O'Donnell

University Librarian
Arizona State University

James J. O'Donnell became chair of the ACLS Board of Directors on January 1, 2013, having served on the board since 2005 and as its secretary from 2008-12.  In February 2015, O'Donnell became University Librarian at Arizona State University.  He was previously University Professor at Georgetown University. He received an AB from Princeton University (Latin Salutatorian) in 1972, studied at University College (Dublin) 1972-73, and received his PhD from Yale University in 1975. 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 cofounded Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second online scholarly journal in the humanities ever created. He has served as a director and as president of the American Philological Association (renamed Society for Classical Studies in 2014); he has also served as a councillor of the Medieval Academy of America and has been elected a fellow of the Medieval Academy. From 1981-2002, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.  From 2002-12, he was provost of Georgetown University. His most recent books are Augustine: A New Biography (2005) and The Ruin of the Roman Empire (2008), and Pagans (2015). He was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2011-13.