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John P. Harrington
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences 
    Keating Hall 321, Fordham University      
           Bronx, NY 10458            
   (T) 718-817-3047; (F) 718-817-0721  



2009-Present:  Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Professor of English

Dean of 350 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.  The Dean has responsibility for Strategic Planning across all Arts and Sciences programs and colleges, faculty development and renewal, assessment of student learning, curriculum development, and the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

2013-2014:    Academic Director, Fordham London Centre
2013-2014:    Interim Director, Institute for Irish Studies
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.



1986-2002:  Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (1992-2002) at the unique
lower Manhattan institution offering all students full-tuition scholarships; Chair, The Cooper
Union Academic Council of Deans and central administration; Director, Cooper Union Library;
Founder and Director, The Humanities Gallery; 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.PhiI., Rutgers University.
1975:  M.A., Anglo-Irish Studies, University College, Dublin.
1974:  B.A., English Literature, Columbia University.



Fordham University

Responsibility for interim leadership of Fordham Office of International Initiatives.
Responsibility for New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
Development of new liberal arts curriculum for Fordham London Centre.
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.
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.
Inauguratation of four named and endowed Chairs (two 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; increased and at the same time diversified undergraduate population and portfolio of majors.
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,
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 PT, “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 P1, “Lionni Seminar,” Cooper Union, funded by Leo Lionni, 1995-96. Grant Author and PT, ‘Writer Residency at Cooper Union,” funded by Lila Wallace-Reader’s
Digest Writers Fund, 1992-94.
Search Committee for Dean of Students, Cooper Union, 1992. 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, Program Committee, 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 1FF 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 ACTS 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, WMIHT 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.  Vols. I and II.  Professional texts of plays for performance.  New York: Mint Theater Company, 2012-13. 

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

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


“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-

 “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.

“Ii 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.

“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. 129-13 8.

“The Irish Landscape of Samuel Beckett’sWatt,” 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 theLiterary Uses of Critical Circumstance,” Contemporary Literature 21 (Summer 1980),pp. 33 1-348.

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


Journal of Beckett Studies, New York Times Books Review, Irish Literary Supplement j
Studies Review, James Joyce Literary Supplement
and others.


“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 Generaion" 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, 10 June 2009.

“Synge, Irish Theater, and the New YorkStage,” 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,” LASIL Conference, Prague, CZ, 26 July 2005.
Chair, “Past Presidents of ACIS and Irish Studies Issues and Opportunities,” ACTS Conference, Notre Dame University, 15 April 2005.

Chair, “Irish Writing and the Public Sphere,” Modem Language Association, Phildelphia, 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,” IAS1L conference, Debrecen, Hungary, 9 July 2003.

Organizer and Chair, “Roundtable on the Irish Playwright Abroad,” IASTL 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,” lecture at New York University, 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.

Playboy of the Western World, New York, 1911,” paper presented at The American Conference for Irish Studies, Gaiway, 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,“Writingand 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 (Gaiway), Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln
Center Festival, New York Irish History Roundtable, 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.


American Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Imagining America, Conference of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, American Association for Higher Education, American Conference of Academic Deans,Association of American Colleges and Universities, The College Board (Academic Assembly),International Association of Scholars of Anglo-Irish Literature, Irish-American Cultural Institute,Modem Language Association,New York Irish History Roundtable, Samuel Beckett Society








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