Christopher Fox

Professor of English; Director, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

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University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Christopher Fox

Areas of expertise: Irish Studies; 18th-century studies; literature and science

Christopher Fox is Professor of English and Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, which he co-founded with Seamus Deane.

As director of one of the 7 international academic units within the Keough School, Fox is a member of the Keough School’s Leadership Council.

Fox earned his Ph.D at SUNY-Binghamton, where he won the Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts Prize. In 1991, Fox organized an international conference on Jonathan Swift and Irish Studies and later established The IRISH Seminar, which convenes every summer in Notre Dame’s Dublin Keough Naughton Notre Dame Study Centre and other international locations including Buenos Aires, Paris and, in 2017 at Notre Dame’s Global Gateway in Rome.

In 2016, Fox organized a Notre Dame conference on “The Worlding of Irish Studies” that drew scholars from 25 countries to look at Irish Studies as a global phenomenon embracing the 80 million people of Irish descent worldwide.

At Notre Dame, Fox has been the recipient of a Presidential Distinguished Service Award and previously served as Chairperson of the Department of English, Chairperson of the Department of Irish Language and Literature, Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Newberry Library and the Folger, and received an institutional Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that established a permanent library acquisitions fund and faculty fellowship program in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute.

Fox is the author or editor of seven books, including Locke and the Scriblerians: Identity and Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains, both published by the University of California Press, and The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift.

Most recently, Fox is the executive producer of a three- part television documentary 1916 The Irish Rebellion. Narrated by Liam Neeson, it has appeared on 453 public television channels in the United States and, through the BBC and RTÉ Global, been broadcast in 60 countries worldwide.