Anthony Alioto


Dr. Anthony M. Alioto, professor of history, has served as the Althea W. and John A. Schiffman chair in ethics, religious studies and philosophy at Columbia College since 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from the University of Wisconsin, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a personnel specialist. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Presidential Unit Citation for his work in the return of prisoners from North Vietnam. After his military service, he returned to graduate school at Ohio University, where he was a John F. Cady Fellow, earning his master’s degree and doctorate in the history of science and philosophy. Alioto joined Columbia College in 1981. He has been selected as Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Professor of the Year, Faculty Member of the Year and he is the 1996 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of A History of Western Science and a work of fiction based on quantum theory, ancient relations and Eastern philosophy, Toad Familiar. Alioto has taught at Chautauqua Institute and OSHER Institute for Lifelong Learning.see more