D'Antonio, William V. 1926-

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D'ANTONIO, William V. 1926-


Born February 7, 1926, in New Haven, CT; son of Albert (a postal supervisor) and Marie (a practical nurse; maiden name, Nuzzo) D'Antonio; married A. Lorraine Giorgio, June 15, 1950; children: JoAnne D'Antonio Placona, Albert, Nancy, Carla, Raissa, Laura. Ethnicity: "Italian-American." Education: Yale University, B.A., 1948; University of Wisconsin, M.A., 1953; Michigan State University, Ph.D., 1958. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Golf, travel, politics.


Home—3001 Veazey Terr. NW, No. 502, Washington, DC 20008. Office—Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064; fax: 202-319-6267. E-mail—[email protected].


Spanish teacher and wrestling coach at a private school in Windsor, CT, 1949-54; Michigan State University, East Landing, instructor in social science and sociology, 1956-59; University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, assistant professor, 1959-63, associate professor, 1963-66, professor of sociology, 1967-71, department chair, 1966-71; University of Connecticut, Storrs, professor of sociology, 1971-82, professor emeritus, 1986—, department chair, 1971-76; American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, executive officer, 1982-91; Catholic University of America, adjunct research professor at Life Cycle Institute, 1993—. University of Uruguay, visiting scholar, 1981; George Washington University, visiting professor, 1992; University of Rome, visiting scholar and consultant, 1999; guest lecturer at other educational institutions; public speaker. American Council of Learned Societies, member of council of administrative officers, 1982-91; National Humanities Alliance, member, 1982-91, vice president, 1988-90; Consortium of Social Science Associations, member of executive committee, 1982-91, chair, 1986-91; Communitarian Network, member of council, 1994—. National Institute of Mental Health, social science analyst at Mental Health Study Center, 1963. Military service: U.S. Navy, signal operator, 1944-46; received two ribbons.


International Institute of Sociology (president, 1991-93), American Sociological Association (executive officer, 1982-91; chair of Committee on Freedom of Research and Teaching), Association for the Sociology of Religion (president, 1992-93), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (executive secretary, 1970-76; president, 1977-79), American Association of University Professors (chapter president, 1970-71, 1977-79), American Federation of Teachers, North Central Sociological Association (president, 1967-69), Eastern Sociological Society, District of Columbia Sociological Society (president, 1991-92), Washington Academy of Sciences, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi.


Aida Tomeh Distinguished Service Award, North Central Sociological Society, 1991; Stuart A. Rice Merit Award, District of Columbia Sociological Society, 1995; honorary D.H.L., St. Michael's College, 2003; grants from Social Science Research Council, Catholic Extension Society, Christian Family Movement, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Hazen Foundation of New Haven, National Catholic Reporter Publishing Co., National Science Foundation, Lilly Foundation, and Louisville Institute.


(Editor, with H. J. Ehrlich, and contributor) Power and Democracy in America, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, IN), 1961.

(Editor, with F. B. Pike) Religion, Revolution, and Reform: New Forces for Change in Latin America, Praeger (New York, NY), 1964.

(With W. H. Form) Influentials in Two Border Cities: A Study in Community Decision-Making, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, IN), 1965.

(With M. J. DeFleur and L. DeFleur) Sociology: Man in Society, Scott, Foresman (Chicago, IL), 1971, abridged edition, 1972, 2nd edition published as Sociology: Human Society, 1976, 4th edition, 1984.

(With E. Pierson) Female and Male: Dimensions of Human Sexuality, J. B. Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1974.

(With J. Aldous) Families and Religions: Conflict and Change in Modern Society, Sage Publishing (Beverly Hills, CA), 1983.

(With James D. Davidson, Dean R. Hoge, and Ruth A. Wallace) American Catholic Laity in a Changing Church, Sheed & Ward (Kansas City, MO), 1989.

(With James D. Davidson, Dean R. Hoge, and Ruth A. Wallace) Laity, American and Catholic: Transforming the Church, Sheed & Ward (Kansas City, MO), 1996.

(Editor, with M. Sasaki and Yoshio Yonebayashi) Ecology, Society, and the Quality of Social Life, Transaction Publishing (New Brunswick, NJ), 1996.

(With B. Lee) The Catholic Experience of Small Christian Communities, Paulist Press (New York, NY), 2000.

(With James D. Davidson, Dean R. Hoge, and K. Meyer) American Catholics: Gender, Generation, and Commitment, AltaMira Press (Lanham, MD), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Contraception and Holiness, edited by T. Roberts, Herder & Herder (New York, NY), 1964; Catholics U.S.A.: Perspectives on Social Change, edited by W. T. Liu and D. J. Pallone, John Wiley (New York, NY), 1970; Studies in Italian Social History: Essays in Honor of Leonard Covello, edited by F. Cordasco, 1975; Sociology and Its Publics, edited by T. Halliday and M. Janowitz, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1992; and Small Christian Communities: Imagining the Future Church, edited by Robert S. Pelton, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, IN), 1997. Contributor to periodicals, including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Concilium, Review of Religious Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, American Sociologist, Sociology of Religion, Public Perspective, and Sociology and Social Research. Editor, Contemporary Sociology, 1980-82; associate editor, Sociological Analysis, Sociological Focus, and Teaching Sociology.

Some of D'Antonio's books have been translated into Spanish.


Research on religion in the U.S. Congress.



Commonweal, September 13, 1996, Peter Steinfels, review of Laity, American and Catholic: Transforming the Church, p. 16.

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