Francesco Cesareo

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Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. is an American educator and historian, and since July 2007 the president of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Early life and education[edit]

Cesareo was born in New York to Italian immigrant parents.[1][2] He was raised in Queens, graduated from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston, New York, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Late Medieval/Early Modern European history from Fordham University.[1][3] As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the University of Rome and the Pontifical Gregorian University.[2][3]


Beginning in 1989, he was a professor of history at John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he became founding director of the Institute of Catholic Studies in 1997 and held the John J. and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Studies. He was appointed dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2004.[3] In July 2007 he became president of Assumption College.[2][3]

Cesareo's research focuses on the Renaissance and Reformation periods. He has published on the Catholic Reformation, the history of 15th and 16th century Rome, and the Renaissance papacy, and also on Renaissance education, the history of the Catholic church, and Catholic higher education.[3] He has been managing editor of Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, a scholarly journal published semi-annually by the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome and the Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Bronislaus B. Kush, "Assumption names its 16th president", Telegram & Gazette, February 16, 2007, archived on December 1, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Michael D. Kane, "Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo recognized for contributions to Italian heritage", MassLive, October 6, 2015, retrieved June 6, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D. Named 16th President of Assumption College", press release, Assumption College, March 2007, archived on September 16, 2008.

Educational offices
Preceded by
Thomas R. Plough (1998–2007)
President of Assumption College
Francesco Cesareo (2007-)
Succeeded by