John Cerullo

John Cerullo has been at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester since 1981, when it was Merrimack Valley College. He coordinated the UNH history program at UNHM from 1988 until his retirement in 2018; he is currently an adjunct instructor there, with the title of Professor Emeritus of History. Dr. Cerullo previously mentored Inquiry authors Devon Mercer (2006), Randall Lawrence-Hurt (2010), and Sam O’Brien (2014). As a veteran mentor, he feels he gains “the enormous satisfaction of seeing a seed I have planted grow into something substantial and self-sufficient, thanks entirely to the work and talents of an ambitious, self-motivated student.” In the process, he says, he has “wound up learning far more about the subject than I have taught.” He thinks learning to write is vitally important for history students, and that writing for Inquiry is an excellent opportunity for them to gain those skills. Dr. Cerullo describes Niki as “one of the most resourceful, imaginative students” he has ever taught. Her approach to the study of history is, in his words, “passionate, and immersive. Niki attempts to almost inhabit the past. The result is a special depth of understanding, reflecting both her rigorous examination of primary sources and a quality of empathy that is all her own.”