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John P. Harrington
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences 
    Keating Hall 321, Fordham University      
           Bronx, NY 10458            
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2009-Present:   Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Professor of English
2011-Present:   Director, Higher Education Opportunity Program at Rose Hill
2013-Present:   Director, Institute for Irish Studies
2014-2015:       Interim Dean, Fordham College at Rose Hill
Dean of 450 full-time Faculty in twenty departments offering bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees for 7,000 students on 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.

2013-2014:    Interim Associate Vice President for International Initiatives
2011-2012:    Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.     

2002-2009:        Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of                 Humanities                        

Chief Executive Officer of the School Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the oldest technological university in America; School offers ten B.S. degrees, eight M.S. degrees, one M.F.A. degree, five Ph.D. programs (six new degree programs added during tenure); faculty of 100 and staff of 35; participant in development of $150 million Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center and completion of Capital Campaign of $1.4 billion.


1992 2002:        Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Responsible for liberal arts offering for all students on full-tuition scholarships in three professional schools; Chair, The Cooper Union Academic Council of Deans; Assistant Professor (1986), Associate Professor (1991), Professor of Humanities (1996).


1985 86:      Assistant Professor of English; Director of Composition


1981:     Ph.D, Literature, Rutgers University.
1978:     M.Phil., Rutgers University.
1975:     M.A., Anglo Irish Studies, University College, Dublin.
1974:     B.A., English Literature, Columbia University.


Fordham University

Steering Committee and two Task Forces, Middle States Association Self-Study 2013-2016.
Task Force on the Future of Liberal Education.
Development of new liberal arts curriculum for Fordham London Centre.
Director Ubuntu Program for Fordham Centre Pretoria, South Africa.
Committee on Undergraduate Enrollment.
Representation of Fordham at Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), the Fordham University Jesuit Recruitment Committee, and the Steering Committee of the Tri-Province Convocation Planning Committee for a 2013 event.
Introduction of new planning and authorization of hiring process for Faculty of Arts and Sciences including regular rotation of External Visiting Committees.
Implementation of new Core Curriculum and 3-2 Teaching Load for Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Launched newly designed and prioritized initiatives for faculty mentoring, faculty development, and external department and program reviews.
Chair, Council of Deans of Arts and Sciences of Fordham University.
Development of first Dean of Faculty web site with faculty and curriculum resources.
Development of new Department Chair Development summer retreat.
Relocation and reorganization of Office of Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Member, Committee on Middle States Association Periodical Review Report 2012.
Inauguration of five named and endowed Chairs (four new).

Rensselaer Polytechnic
Achieved full governance, executive, and Board approval of renaming to School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; launched with celebratory activities in spring 2008 that introduced new faculty awards and galvanized alumni support.
Launched Humanities Center with lecture series; curriculum development project in performing arts; institutional links with Imagining America, Project Pericles, Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboration (HASTAC) and Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centers (CHIC).
Tripled H&SS degrees granted between 2000-2008; increased admitted students 20% per year and applications 400% in six years.
Brought sponsored research new grants from near zero in 2002 to $10.5 million in awards FY09; increased proposals in number and in value in over six years; first two quarters of FY08 equal in proposals value of all of FY07.
Founder and Director, Humanities Center, 2008-  .
Chair, Search Committee for Dean, School of Architecture, 2008-  .
Chair, Task Force for Sustainable Library Resources, Rensselaer, 2006.
Chair, Committee on Reappointment of Dean of the School of Architecture, Rensselaer, 2006.
Chair, Search Committee for Dean, Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer,     2004-05.
Member of Board, Friends of Folsom Library, Rensselaer, 2003-  .
Member, Rensselaer Communications and Web Site Planning Committee, 2003
Member, Rensselaer Inauguration Speaker and Honorary Degrees Committee, 2002-06.
Founder and Director, Humanities@Rensselaer lecture series, 2002-  .

Cooper Union
Chair, Cooper Union Presidential Inauguration Committee, 2000.
Chair, Cooper Union Student-Faculty Commencement Speaker Committee, Cooper Union,     2000- 2002.
Member, Cooper Union Presidential Search Committee, Cooper Union, 1999.
Founder and Director, Feltman Chair in Humanities, the first endowed chair in Humanities at     Cooper Union, 1997- 2002 .
Chair, Steering Committee, Middle States Association Self-Study, Visitation, and Evaluation     Process, Cooper Union, 1996-98.
Founder and Director, Dale Harris Fund for student travel to arts, Cooper Union, 1996-2002 .
Grant Author and PI, "The Cooper Union Seminars in Science and Art," Curriculum Development Project Funded by NEH, NSF, FIPSE, as part of the Leadership Opportunities in Science and Humanities Education initiative, Cooper Union, 1995-96.
Grant Author and PI, "Lionni Seminar," Cooper Union, funded by Leo Lionni, 1995-96.
Grant Author and PI, 'Writer Residency at Cooper Union," funded by Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers Fund, 1992-94.
Search Committee for Provost, Cooper Union, 1990 91.  
Chair, Middle States Association Self study Task Group on Students and Student Services,     Cooper Union 1987 88.


President, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2003-2005; Past President and International Representative, 2005-07; Vice President, 2001-2003; Treasurer, 1995-1999; Chair, American Conference for Irish Studies national meeting, June 5-8, 2002.
Member of Founding International Committee, Irish Theatrical Diaspora, 2003; Chair, Third Annual Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, April 2006; Editor, first fully-refereed proceedings volume, Irish Theatre in America forthcoming in 2008.
Organizing Committee, Irish Forum Florence 2005, international meeting on Irish Studies funding support; co-editor of IFF white paper on scholarship and funding.
Evaluator, Fellowships, Irish American Cultural Association, 2005.
Chair, Program Committee, American Conference for Irish Studies national meeting, June 5-8,
Chair, five ACIS book and dissertation prize committees, 2001 and 2002.
Editorial Board, Irish Studies Review (UK), 1997-  ; North American Editor, 2005-  .


Member of Board of Trustees, Mint Theater (professional off-Broadway company), 2010 - . Member of the Board of Trustees, WMHT Educational Technology (public television and radio), 
2004-  ; Chair 2008-2009; Vice Chair, 2007-08; Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, 2007- 08; Chair, Development Committee, 2005-07; Member of Executive Committee 2005- 09; Member of CEO Search Committee, 2007.
Member of the Board of Directors, Arts Center of the Capital District (Troy) 2005-  ; Chair,
Strategic Planning Committee, 2006- 09; Secretary, 2006-08; Member of Executive Committee 2006- 09.
Member of the Board, Troy Chromatics Concerts (Troy Savings Bank Music Hall) 2006- 09.
Member, CEO Search Committee, Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy, NY, 2005.
Member of the Board, Ruben Community Fellows, Troy, NY, 2004-09.    



Co-Editor, Teresa Deevy Reclaimed.  Vol. I.  Professional texts of plays for performance.  New York: Mint Theater Company, 2012.  

Editor, Irish Theater in America, Third annual collection of essays from the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009.

Modern Irish Drama.  Norton Critical Edition (anthology with introduction, historical documents, critical commentaries, chronology, bibliographies).  New York: W. W. Norton, 1991; new edition, Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama, 2008.

The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2007.  Nominated, American Theatre Book of the Year, Theatre Historical Society of America.

¬Co-Editor, The Future of Irish Studies: Report from the Irish Forum Florence 2005.  Prague: Center for Irish Studies, Charles University, 2006.

Co-Editor, Politics and Performance in Contemporary Northern Ireland, interdisciplinary collection of essays, with sociologist Elizabeth Mitchell.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

The Irish Play on the New York Stage, 1874-1966.   Inaugural volume in Irish Studies series.  Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

The Irish Beckett.  Irish Studies Series.  Syracuse:  Syracuse UP, 1991.

The English Traveller In Ireland: Accounts of Ireland and the Irish from the Elizabethan to the Victorian Eras (compilation of travelogues in modernized texts with introduction, headnotes, annotations, bibliographies).  Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1990.


"Irish Theatre and the United States."  Oxford Handbook on Modern Irish Theatre.  Ed. Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Teresa Deevy and the Reoccurring Rediscovery of the Irish Playwright.”  The Recorder: Journal of the American Irish Historical Society 24.1 (Spring 2012): 19-37.

“Voyager to the West: Joseph Campbell and Irish Studies.”  Commentary.  Times Literary Supplement 13 January 2012: 14-15.

“Synge, Irish Theater, and the New York Stage, “ in A Garland of Words: For Maureen O'Rourke Murphy, ed. Munira H. Mutram et al. (São Paula: Humanitas, 2010):, pp. 313-324.  

"Theatre Festivals National and International: The Beckett Festival."  Interactions: 50 Years of the Dublin Theatre Festival.  Ed. Nicholas Grene and Patrick Lonergan.  Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2008.

"Transatlantic Transactions: Irish Players and American Reviewers" in Ireland and Transatlantic Poetics: Essays in Honor of Denis Donoghue.  Ed. Brian G. Caraher and Robert Mahony.  Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007. pp. 168-179.  

"New World Drama: Fashioning Irish Theater in Lower Manhattan," Princeton University Library Quarterly (Autumn-Winter 2007), pp. 306-326.

"The Abbey in America: The Real Thing," in Irish Theatre on Tour, ed. Nicholas Grene and Christopher Morash, Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series: 1 (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2005), pp. 35-50.

"Samuel Beckett and the Counter-Tradition," in Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-century Irish Drama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

"The Playboy IN the Western World: J. M. Synge's Play in America" and "Poetry, Romance, Clay, Worms," in Playboys of the Western World, ed. Adrian Frazier (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2004), pp. 46-58; 129-133.

"The Myths of Irish Drama" (review essay), Irish Literary Supplement, Fall 2000.

"The Early Years and the Irish National Theatre that was Not," in A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage, ed. Stephen Watt, Eileen Morgan, and Shakir Mustafa (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000), pp. 3-17.

"Irish Drama in America," signed feature entry, The Encyclopedia of Irish America (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1999).

"Resentment, Relevance, and the Production History of The Playboy of the Western World," Assessing the Achievement of J. M. Synge, ed. Alexander G. Gonzalez ( Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996), pp. 1-10.

"'Il Miglior Fabbro': Making a Space for Liberal Learning," Liberal Education 82.2 (Spring 1996), pp. 28-33.

"Rude Involvement: Boucicault, Dramatic Tradition, and Contemporary Politics," Eire-Ireland 30.2 (Summer 1995), pp. 89-103.

"A Note on Malone Dies and Local Phenomena,"  Journal of Beckett Studies, 1.1 2 (NS) (1992), pp. 141 143.

"Beckett, Joyce, and Irish Writing: The Example of Beckett's Dubliners Story," RE: Joyce'n Beckett, ed. Phyllis Carey and Ed Jewinski (New York: Fordham University Press, 1991), pp. 31 42.

"The Galls in Samuel Beckett's Watt, Notes on Modern Irish Literature, 2 (1990), pp. 6 10.

"Kenneth Burke and the Teaching of Drama," Reading, Writing, and Interpreting Literature: Positions and Pedagogy, ed. Robert W. Blake (New York: New York State English Council Monographs, 1989), pp. 151 158.
Signed biographical essays on Irish writers, Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, ed. Walton Beacham (Washington, DC: Research Publishing, 1985).

High school textbook chapters on literature, writing, library research, preparing for college, and other topics, The Southwestern Student Handbooks (Nashville, TN: Southwestern, 1984).

Signed critical essays on Irish writers, Critical Survey of Long Fiction, 8 vols. (Los Angeles: Salem Press, 1983).
"The Rhetoric of a Tudor Writer's Tracts on Ireland," Eire Ireland, 17 (Summer 1982), pp. 92 103.

"Pynchon, Beckett, and Entropy," Missouri Review, 5 (Summer 1982), pp. 129 138.

"The Irish Landscape of Samuel Beckett's Watt," Journal of Narrative Technique, 11 (Winter 1981), pp. 1 11.

"'That Red Branch Bum Was the Camel's Back': Beckett's Use of Yeats in Murphy," Eire Ireland, 15 (Fall 1980), pp. 86 96.

"Samuel Beckett's Art Criticism and the Literary Uses of Critical Circumstance," Contemporary Literature, 21 (Summer 1980), pp. 331 348.

"Swift Through LeFanu and Joyce," Mosaic, 12 (Spring 1979), pp. 49 58.


Journal of Beckett Studies, New York Times Books Review, Irish Literary Supplement, Irish Studies Review, James Joyce Literary Supplement, New York Irish History Roundtable, Playbill Magazine production notes, and others.


"W. B. Yeats in America," W. B. Yeats Summer School, Sligo. Ireland, 6 August 2014.

Chair and Organizer, "Irish Theatre in International Context" roundtable, American Conference for Irish Studies, University College, Dublin, 13 June 2014.

"Irish Theatre and American Regional Theater: A Cultural Dynamic," Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference keynote, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN, 20 September 2013.

“Supporting What Faculty Do Best,” Middle States Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 7 December 2012.

“Ulster in New York 100 Years Ago: Campbell, Campbell, Kane, and Mayne,” Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, Derry, Northern Ireland, 8 June 2012.

Organizer and Chair, “The Teresa Deevy Project,” American Conference for Irish Studies, Tulane University, 15 March 2012.

Chair, "Tradition and Nostalgia: Contexts and Challenges for a New Generation" panel, Irish Theatre Symposium, New York University, 25 September 2011.

Organizer and Chair, "The Teresa Deevy Project," American Conference of Irish Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2 April 2011; presentation on "The Teresa Deevy Project," The Rest is History Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, 16 April 2011.

"Strategic Planning, " Arts and Sciences conference of Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Santa Clara University, 2 October 2010.
Keynote Address, “Irish Theater in Global Context,” American Committee for Irish Studies, Penn State University, 7 May, 2010.

“Yeats, Irish Theater, and Global Contexts,” W. B. Yeats Summer School, Sligo. Ireland, 29 July 2010.

Roundtable discussion: Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project,” NUI Galway, 18 April, 2009.

Chair, Roundtable discussion, "Irish Literature Anthologies: Past, Present, and Future," American Conference for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Ireland, 10 June 2009.

"Synge, Irish Theater, and the New York Stage," keynote address, J. M. Synge Summer School, Wicklow, Ireland, 30 June 2008.

"The Beckett Festival -- National and International," presentation at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Project Arts Center, Dublin, 5 October 2007.

“Beckett, Keaton, and Morton Gould,” Irish Lecture Series, University of New Mexico, 16 November 2006.

“Aesthetics Engages Administration,” Presentation at Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA, 10 November 2006.

"Beckett and America," Keynote Address, Samuel Beckett Centenary Symposium, Princeton University, 14 April 2006.

"Beckett and New York City," Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, 28 April 2006.

"The Abbey Theater Style and Lower Manhattan," IASIL Conference, Prague, CZ, 26 July 2005.

Chair, "Past Presidents of ACIS and Irish Studies Issues and Opportunities," ACIS Conference, Notre Dame University, 15 April 2005.

Chair, "Irish Writing and the Public Sphere," Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, 30 December 2004.

"Creative Advocacy of Arts and Sciences in Increasingly Professional Higher Education," Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, San Antonio, TX, 11 November 2004.

"The Abbey Centenary," Columbia University Irish Studies Seminar, 1 October 2004.

Chair, "Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering Curriculum 2000," Liberal Education Division, American Society for Engineering Education, Salt Lake City, NV, 22 June 2004.

"The Abbey in America: The Real Thing," keynote address, Irish Theatre Diaspora Conference, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland, 30 April 2004.

"The Playboy in the USA," Playboy of the Western World Conference, Druid Threatre, Galway, Ireland, 14 February 2004.

"What Makes Metropolitan/Urban Institutions Distinctive?" Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Orlando, Florida, 14 November, 2003.

"Irish Playwrights and American Reviewers," Transatlantic Poetics Conference in Honor of Denis Donoghue, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 13 June 2003

"Canonization and Irish Theatre Diaspora," IASIL conference, Debrecen, Hungary, 9 July 2003.

Organizer and Chair, "Roundtable on the Irish Playwright Abroad," IASIL conference, Universidade de Sao Paolo, Brazil, 30 July 2002.

"Internationalism and Irish Revival Theater," paper presented at the MLA convention, Washington, DC, 28 December, 2000.

"Irish Studies: Issues and Prospects" (roundtable presentations), ACIS Mid-Atlantic regional meeting, University of Delaware, 30 October, 1999, and ACIS national meeting, University of Limerick, 29 June, 2000.

Opening presentation, "Nationalism and a National Theatre," NEH Symposium, Indiana University, 27 May, 1999.

"The American Reception of Martin McDonagh," paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, University of  Limerick, 21 July 1998.

"The Irish Play on the New York Stage," Ireland House, NYU, 10 February, 1998.

"The Irish Play in America," symposium at The Stories of Ireland: Literature, History, Culture conference, Queen's University, Belfast Northern Ireland, 2 July 1997.

"The Bernard Shaw Cult, New York, 1905," presentation at Columbia University Irish Studies Seminars, 13 October 1995.

Chair, Samuel Beckett panel, and "Joyce's Exiles and the Irish Play in New York, paper presented, The American Conference for Irish Studies conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 26 and 30, 1995.

"Rereading Beckett 'Against the Grain,'" paper presented at the MLA Convention, Toronto, Canada, 30 December 1993.

"The Playboy of the Western World, New York, 1911," paper presented at The American Conference for Irish Studies, Galway, Ireland, 10 July 1992.

"Beckett, Ireland, and the Wider Context," paper presented at The American Conference for Irish Studies, St. Louis, Missouri, 28 April 1990.

Chair, "Literature" session, National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, New York, 10 November 1989.

Chair, "Research in Writing Centers" session, Conference of CUNY Writing Centers Associations, New York, New York, 11 November 1988.
Chair, "Social Issues" session, and paper, "Writing and Studio Courses," National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, New York, 10 November 1988.

Chair, "Teaching Students to Write" session, and paper, "Writing Centers and the Education of Artists," paper presented at the National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, New York, 6 November 1987.

"English Accounts of Ireland Before and After the Union," paper presented at The American Conference for Irish Studies, Dublin, Ireland, 1 July 1987.

"Beckett, McGreevy, and Assessments of the National Impulse in Irish Arts," paper presented at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Boston, Massachusetts, 7 May 1986.

"The Computer and the Writing Center," paper presented at the Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, University Park, Pennsylvania, 12 July 1985.

"Samuel Beckett and Ireland," paper presented at Mid Hudson MLA Convention, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1 December 1981.

"'Accredited Theme' versus 'Processes Less Simple': Samuel Beckett's 'Irishness,'" paper presented at MLA Convention, Houston, Texas, 30 December 1980.


Center Stage Theater (Baltimore), Druid Theatre (Galway), Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Primary Stages (New York), Roundabout Theater (New York), Vig Mozi Theatre (Hungary), Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore), and Royal Irish Academy, National Portrait Gallery (London), Manhattan Theatre Club, Mint Theater (New York), Neighborhood Playhouse at the Henry Street Playhouse (New York).


Regular Teaching of Undergraduate Required Courses and Electives, Including:

Cooper Union:
HSS2: Texts and Contexts, Old Worlds and New
HSS4: Major Figures and Topics: Samuel Beckett
H304: Modern Drama
H352: Advanced Expository Writing

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:
IHSS First Year Studies: Readings and Research
IHSS1962: Performance Studies
LITR2350: Shakespeare
LITR2961: Modern Irish Literature

Fordham University:
ENGL2000: Texts and Contexts
ENGL3531: Senior Seminar, Modern Drama
LODA3000: Research module, Fordham London Centre


National Screening Committee of the Fulbright Commission of Ireland, W. W.Norton, Syracuse University Press, Florida State University Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Catholic University of America Press, PMLA, Palgrave Press, Caryfort Press (Dublin).

American Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Imagining America, Conference of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, American Association for Higher Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, International Association of Scholars of Anglo Irish Literature, Irish American Cultural Institute, Modern Language Association, New York Irish History Roundtable, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Samuel Beckett Society.

 Updated September 2014






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