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Richard Fox

Professor of History

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-0991
Office: SOS 283



M.A. History, Stanford University, 1/1975
Ph.D. History, Stanford University, 1/1975
B.A. History and Religious Studies, Stanford University, 1/1966

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Professor of History, University of Southern California, 1999-  
Professor of History, Boston University, 1997-1999  
Professor of History and Director of American Studies Program, Boston University, 1990-1997  
Cornelia Marvin Pierce Professor of American Institutions and Humanities, Reed College, 1988-1990  
Associate Professor of History and Humanities, Reed College, 1981-1988  
Assistant Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University, 1975-1981  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Fox studies how ideas, beliefs, and cultural practices develop in relation to social structures and individual quests for meaning. He is especially intrigued by the curious intermingling of religiosity and secularity in the United States. This borderline of piety and worldliness is a very fruitful area for further historical research.

Research Keywords

American cultural history, American intellectual history, nineteenth-century United States History

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Striding Toward Assassination: Lincoln's March Through Richmond, April 4, 1865", An Abraham Lincoln for the 21st Century, Lecture/Seminar, Huntington Library, Invited, 04/2009-  



Fox, R. W. (2004). Jesus in America: Personal Savior, Cultural Hero, National Obsession (Harper Collins/Harper One, 2004). San Francisco: Harper Collins/Harper One.
Fox, R. W. (1999). Trials of Intimacy: Love and Loss in the Beecher-Tilton Scandal (University of Chicago Press, 1999). University of Chicago Press.
Fox, Richard Wightman (Ed.). (1997). In Face of the Facts: Moral Inquiry in American Scholarship (Cambridge University Press, 1998) [co-editor with Robert Westbrook].
Fox, Richard Wightman (Ed.). (1995). A Companion to American Thought (Blackwell Publishers, 1995) [co-editor with James Kloppenberg and author of numerous entries]. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
Fox, R. W. (1993). The Power of Culture: Critical Essays in American History (University of Chicago Press, 1993) [co-editor with Jackson Lears and author of essay entitled "Intimacy on Trial: Cultural Meanings of the Beecher-Tilton Affair".
Fox, R. W. (1985). Reinhold Niebuhr: A Biography (1985; Cornell University Press, 1996). Pantheon Books (1985); Cornell University Press (1996).
Fox, R. W. (1983). The Culture of Consumption: Critical Essays in American History, 1880-1980 (Pantheon Books, 1983) [co-editor with Jackson Lears and author of essay entitled "Epitaph for Middletown: Robert S. Lynd and the Analysis of Consumer Culture"].
Fox, R. W. (1979). So Far Disordered in Mind: Insanity in California, 1870-1930 (University of California Press, 1979). Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Book Chapter

Fox, R. W. (2011). "Lincoln's Practice of Republicanism" in *The Living Lincoln,* ed. Thomas Horrocks, et al. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), pp. 131-51). The Living Lincoln Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

illustrated blog post, monthly blog posts at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library's website (, including: Was Lincoln a ‘Self-Made Man’?" May 2, 2011 "Lincoln’s Homage to ‘Labor’," March 29, 2011 "Lincoln at Prayer: ‘Driven to My Knees’," February 28, 2011 "Lincoln’s Boyishness," February 7, 2011 "Lincoln’s Dreams," January 10, 2011 , 2010-2011   

Honors and Awards

American Antiquarian Society Fellowship Recipient, Distinguished Senior Mellon Fellowship, 2005-2006  
American Association of Publishers History Award (Second Place) for Trials of Intimacy, 1999-2000   
USC Endowed Chair, Chair in American Civilization, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, 1997-1998   
Residency at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellow, 1992-1993  
Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1988-1989  
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, ACLS Fellowship for College Teachers, 1987-1988   

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editor, Intellectual History Newsletter, 1990-1996  
Board of Managing Editors, American Quarterly, 1992-1993  
Editorial Board Member, Journal of American History, 1989-1992  
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