William J. Connell William J. Connell, professor of history, holds the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he was founding director of the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute. He has also taught at Reed College and Rutgers University. A specialist in late medieval and early modern European history, his books include La città dei crucci: fazioni e clientele in uno stato repubblicano del ‘400 (editor); Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence (editor); Florentine Tuscany: Structures and Practices of Power (coeditor); Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence (coauthor); and Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice (coeditor). He has been a Fulbright Scholar, an I Tatti Fellow, and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the History of Ideas, Storia e politica, and the Revista de stiinte politice si relatii internationale of the Romanian Academy. In 2009 he was elected Corresponding Fellow of the Deputazione di Storia Patria per la Toscana.