Vincent J. Cannato is associate professor of history at the University of
Massachusetts, Boston. He received his BA with honors in Political Science
from Williams College and his PhD in History from Columbia University. At
UMASS-Boston, Prof. Cannato teaches courses on New York City history, Boston
history, immigration history, and twentieth-century American history.
He is the author of American Passage: The History of Ellis Island
(HarperCollins, 2009); The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and his Struggle
to Save New York (Basic Books, 2001); and co-editor of Living in the
Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Prof. Cannato has written for numerous publications, including The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard,
and The New Republic. He is a member of the Advisory Council
of Historians and Scholars for the American Institute for History Education.
He has also received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the
Apart from his academic career, Prof. Cannato was also managing editor of
The Public Interest, edited by Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer; co-producer
of the PBS documentary "The First Measured Century"; an aide to former
Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler; and a speechwriter at the Department of
Housing and Urban Development.