Dr. Simonelli holds a B.A. from John Carroll University, an M.P.A. from the University of San Francisco, and M.A. in history from California State University-Sacramento, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Associated with the Mount since 1996, Dr. Simonelli has taught U.S. History, including African-American History and U.S. Women's History, Research Metholodgy, and Public Administration.
Dr. Simonelli's research interests include African American history, race and racism in the U.S. culture, U.S. Catholic history, and Antisemitism in U.S. history. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and book reviews in academic journals such as The Historian, Patterns of Prejudice, and the Gulf Coast Historical Review. He has contributed chapters to three recently published books and entries to several encyclopedia, including the award-winning Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery published by ABC-CLIO.
Dr. Simonelli's book, American Fuehrer: George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party, was recently published by the University of Illinois Press.