Faculty Bio

Ronald Patkus

Associate Director of the Libraries for Special Collections and Adjunct Associate Professor of History

Ronald Patkus is a native of Connecticut.  He received a B.A. from Boston College (1986), an M.A. and Certificate in Archival Management from the University of Connecticut (1987), an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College (1993), and a Ph.D. from Boston College (1997).  His research interests focus on the history of books and printing.   He has produced and edited a number of books and articles, including most recently bibliographies of the Thornwillow Press, and Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press.  He is currently engaged in a study of private press bibles.  He has received grants for foreign study from the British Council, the Rotary Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He offers a course on The Book in America (Media Studies) and co-teaches The Book as Medium (Media Studies) and Detectives in the Archives: Reading Medieval and Renaissance Texts (Medieval and Renaissance Studies).  Previously he co-taught The Reformation Era and The Bible as Book (Media Studies). Mr. Patkus serves as Associate Director of the Libraries for Special Collections, and Liaison to the Departments of Italian, and German; he regularly offers classes on primary sources in the library to students in a variety of courses.