James Carroll has the distinction of being the first participant in the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Visiting Scholars program and is now with the College on a permanent basis as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. During his stay at Suffolk University, he has visited numerous classes discussing journalism, history, current events, the writing process, and more; has given readings from his new book, House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power; and was the key-note speaker at the Yom Hashoah Commemoration (Holocaust Remembrance Day) sponsored by the Suffolk University Hillel. He participated in the conference, "The Transatlantic Relationship at the Dawn of the New Millennium" organized by associate dean Sebastian Royo and associate professor Roberto Dominguez (Government Department) and in the University's 2007 Academic Conference, "Scholarship of Application: Integration and Connection," sitting on the panel, "Iraq and Vietnam A Conversation," hosted by Dean Kenneth S. Greenberg. Most recently, Carroll shared with Suffolk University, James Carroll's Constantine's Sword, a film by Oren Jacoby, a documentary based on Carroll's book Constantine's Sword: the Church and the Jews: A History, in the Fall of 2007.
Carroll is an award-winning author and a columnist for the Boston Globe. His novels include Madonna Red, Mortal Friends (New York Times bestseller), Family Trade, Prince of Peace, The City Below, and Secret Father. His memoir, American Requiem: God, My Father and the War that Came Between Us, won the National Book Award in 1996. He has published Constantine's Sword: the Church and the Jews: A History, which was a New York Times bestseller and listed Best Book of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor; Toward a New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform, in response to the Catholic Church abuse scandal; and Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War, a compilation of op-ed pieces written for the Boston Globe since 9/11. His most recent work, House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power, a history of the Pentagon, was called "the first great non-fiction book of the new millennium" by the Chicago Tribune.