Moakley Chair establishment records: Now available for research

John Joseph “Joe” Moakley

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the availability of records documenting the establishment of the Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

John Joseph “Joe” Moakley was born in South Boston on April 27, 1927. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1952. In 1973, Moakley became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and served as Chairman of the Committee on Rules in the 101st Congress through the 103rdCongress (1989-1995). Moakley served as a U.S. Representative until his death in 2001.

Padraig O’Malley, John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor for Peace and Reconciliation

In 2002, the John Joseph Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation was established in his memory at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies Studies at UMass Boston. The goal of the Moakley Chair is to “address the tragic crisis of fractured societies around the world and reinforce the commitment to principles of peace and reconciliation among all the participants in the process” (umb.edu/moakley). Padraig O’Malley is the first and current Moakley Chair.

View the finding aid for this collection.


These records have been processed as part of University Archives & Special Collections’ Save Our History! campaign. In preparation for UMass Boston’s 50th anniversary, University Archives & Special Collections is calling for the transfer of founding documents and organizational records from all units on campus. These units include (but are not limited to) academic departments, administrative units, institutes, centers, and student groups. Read more about transferring University records to UASC.

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