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About Me


Ph.D., City University of New York

Honors, Awards, and Professional Service

  • William Adee Whiteford Award (for co-authoring the best article of the year in New Jersey History), 1986.
  • The American Historical Association established the annual John E. O´Connor Award for the best film or TV production about History, 1991.

Courses I Teach

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  • HSS 404: Seminar in the American Revolution
  • HIST 341: The American Experience
  • HIST 390: Historical Problems Through Film

On December 29, 1970, John E. O´Connor and Martin A. Jackson founded the Historians Film Committee, with the intent to begin publishing a journal on film and its relation to history. Film and History began publication in 1971 and it has remained in publication ever since.

When the American Historical Association established the John E. O´Connor Film Award in 1993, it recognized John´s pioneering role in enhancing scholarship, research, and production in history, film, and the visual image as forms of evidence. For the past four decades, Film & History has been a major academic journal.

Selected Publications

  • 2001-02 Film and History CD-ROM Annual published by the journal Film and History in 2003 edited by Peter C. Rollins, JOhn E. O´Connor and Deborah Carmichael.
  • Hollywood´s White House: The American Presidency in Film and History, edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O´Connor (University Press of Kentucky, 2003).
  • The West Wing: The American Presidency as Television Drama, co-edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O´Connor (Syrocuse University Press, 2003).
  • "History in Images/Images in History: Reflections on the Importance of Film and Television Study for an Understanding of the Past" American Historical Review (December 1988) 1200-1209.
  • William Paterson: Lawyer and Statesman 1745-1806.  Rutgers University Press, 1979.