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James Matthew Powell, American history professor. Grantee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1977-1984, 84, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1989-1990, Progetto Radici, Brescia, Italy, 1994-1995; Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, 1986, 89; recipient John Gilmary Shea prize American Catholic History Association, 1987.


Powell, James Matthew was born on June 9, 1930 in Cincinnati. Son of Matthew James and Mary Loretta (Weaver) Powell.


Bachelor, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1953. Master of Arts, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1955. Postgraduate, University Cincinnati, 1957.

Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1960.


Instructor, Kent State University, Ohio., 1959-1961;assistant professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1961-1965;assistant professor, Syracuse University, New York, 1965-1967;associate professor, Syracuse University, New York, 1967-1972;professor of history, Syracuse University, New York, since 1972;director Ranke Cataloging Project, Syracuse University, New York, since 1977. Distinguished visiting professor medieval history Rutgers University, New Brunswick, since 1996.



Fellow Royal History Society (correspondent). Member American History Association, American Catholic History Association (1st vice president 2005, president 2006), Medieval Academy American, Society Italian History Studies (council 1976-1979, vice president 1991-1992, president 1993-1995), Midwest Medieval Conference (president 1965-1966), Society Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (secretary 1989-1995), Haskins Society.


Married Judith Catherine Davidorf, May 29, 1954 (deceased 1992). Children: James, Michael, Mark, Mary Helen, Miriam, John.

Matthew James Powell

Mary Loretta (Weaver) Powell

Judith Catherine Davidorf

James Powell

Michael Powell

Mark Powell

Mary Helen Powell

Miriam Powell

John Powell