||John P. Harrington is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. The 350 Arts and Sciences full-time faculty in twenty departments provide bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees for 7,000 students on the three Fordham campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester, New York. In addition to the 20 departments, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences offers 20 interdisciplinary programs and research centers and a distinctive core curriculum for all undergraduates at Fordham, the Jesuit University of New York.
At Fordham, Harrington has taken on additional roles including Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Academic Director of the Fordham London Centre in Kensington Square, and Interim Director of the Office of International Initiatives.
From 2002 to 2009, Harrington was Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Professor of Humanities at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological university in America. The School offers several unique B.S. programs in areas such as electronic arts, communications, and product design. The school also offers eight M.S. programs, one M.F.A. program, and five Ph.D. programs: a total of six new degree programs were developed in Harrington's tenure of seven years, and in 2008 the name was expanded from School of Humanities and Social Sciences to recognize its greater roles.
Previously, from 1992 to 2002, Harrington was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Cooper Union, a unique lower Manhattan institution that offers full-tuition scholarships to all students. During Harrington's tenure, the Dean of Humanities at The Cooper Union took on additional responsibilities such as Chair of the President's Academic Council, as Director of the Cooper Union library, and as Director of the Humanities Gallery, a public exhibition space.
Harrington was educated at Columbia University, University College, Dublin, and he earned his Ph.D. in literature from Rutgers University. He has written extensively on Irish literature and culture, including The Irish Beckett (1991), The Irish Play on the New York Stage (1997), and The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street (2007). He edited W. W. Norton's anthology Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama (1991; new edition 2008) and Irish Theater in America (2009).
While continuing to teach and to attend academic conferences, Harrington also lectures frequently on theater and Irish culture in non-academic settings such as the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and others. He serves on the Boards of Directors of WMHT Educational Telecommunications, the co-licensee of NRP and PBS in the Albany region, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, and Mint Theater in New York City.