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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Richard Wightman Fox

Richard Wightman FoxRichard Wightman Fox is a professor of history at the University of Southern California, where he has taught since 2000. Prior to joining the faculty there, he taught at Yale University, Reed College, and Boston University. A recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fox is the author of Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History (2015); Jesus in America: Personal Savior, Cultural Hero, National Obsession (2004); Trials of Intimacy: Love and Loss in the Beecher-Tilton Scandal (1999); Reinhold Niebuhr: A Biography (1985); and So Far Disordered in Mind: Insanity in California, 1870–1930 (1979). He has also coedited four volumes: with Jackson Lears, The Culture of Consumption in America: Critical Essays in American History, 1880–1980 (1983) and The Power of Culture: Critical Essays in American History (1993); with James Kloppenberg, A Companion to American Thought (1995); and with Robert Westbrook, In Face of the Facts: Moral Inquiry in American Scholarship (1998). In 2015, he was elected to membership in the Society of American Historians.

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