Roger Panetta is a Professor Emeritus Fordham University and has authored numerous articles on the history of New York State and the region and served as Adjunct Curator for History at the Hudson River Museum. He edited Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture, in 2009 and Westchester: The American Suburb in 2006. In he co-edited with Eileen Panetta, On Shattered Ground: A Civil War Mosaic published by Penguin books in 2013. He also has co-authored The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River, published by Rutgers University Press and authored The Tappan Zee and The Forging of the Rockland Suburb published by the Historical Society of Rockland County in 2010 and Kingston: The IBM Years , Overlook Press 2014. He served as Curator of the Hudson River Collection at Fordham University. In 2006, he received the Cultural Heritage Award from the Greater Hudson Heritage and in 2013 he was elected to the New York Academy of History.
He is currently working on The Inescapable Shadow: A History of the Original Sing Sing Cell Block 1825-1925. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Fordham University.