Assistant Professor O’Connor Completes Ph.D. Requirements

Aug 25, 2008

Delaware Valley College Assistant Professor of English, James V. O'Connor of Erwinna, PA, originally from Pelham NY, has completed the requirements for his Ph.D., in mass media and communication from Temple University. His dissertation, "Resisting the melting pot through ethnic newspapers: History and function of the Irish Echo" examines the function of ethnic media through the prism of the "Irish Echo" newspaper in New York.

Before joining the college in 2004, O'Connor was a newspaper reporter for 15 years. He served as a general assignment reporter for "The New York Times" and a writer for "Investor's Business Daily." He reported on the civil war in Bosnia for "The National Catholic Register" and has worked as a freelance writer for a variety of sports, travel and business magazines, including "Crain's New York Business," "Porthole," "Caribbean Life," Skiing" and "Field & Stream."

In addition, O'Connor wrote and produced several television programs for Temple University cable television, has completed four screenplays for film and two stage plays and has public relations and business experience.

O'Connor earned his bachelor's degree in English at Virginia Military Institute and has an MBA from Manhattan College Graduate School of Business and a master's degree in journalism from Iona College.