Todd DePastino

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Todd DePastino
Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Author, History professor
Alma mater Boston College MA
Yale University Ph.D. in American History
Genre Historical

Todd DePastino (born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) is an author and history professor.



Personal life

DePastino and his wife Stephanie live in Pittsburgh with their two children. [1]


Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh; BA in History and Philosophy from Boston College; MA and Ph.D. in American History from Yale University.

Academic career

DePastino teaches at Penn State Beaver. [2]

Writing career

With the birth of his first daughter in 1996, DePastino became a stay-at-home dad, teaching in the evenings at Penn State Beaver and Waynesburg College while finishing his Ph.D. He then revised his dissertation on the history of homelessness into a book, for which he won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. The result was Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America (2003).

After editing, annotating, and introducing the lost classic, The Road by Jack London, DePastino plunged into his Bill Mauldin research. Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front (2008) received strong reviews, was an Eisner Award finalist, and won the Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure. [3] His award-winning double-volume collection of Mauldin's World War II cartoons, Willie & Joe: The WWII Years (2008) was followed in 2011 by Willie & Joe: Back Home, which covers 1945-1946.

Commissioned in Battle: A Combat Infantryman in the Pacific, co-authored by Jay Gruenfled, was released by Hellgate Press in early 2012.

Other work

DePastino is the director of the Pittsburgh-based Veterans Breakfast Club. [2] [4]


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