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John D. Cox, DuMez Professor of English and resident Shakespeare scholar, has taught at Hope since 1979 and is a Hope College alumnus. He received his BA from Hope College in 1967, and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago in 1968 and 1975, respectively. From 1973 to 1975, Cox taught as assistant professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and from 1975 to 1978, he was assistant professor of English at University of Victory in Canada. In 1979, Cox returned to Hope College as assistant professor of English and resident Shakespearean scholar, working his way up to full professorship and eventually earning the distinction of the DuMez Professor title. In addition to teaching, Cox has served in a number of leadership positions at Hope over the years, including director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Senior Seminar program from 1984 to 2004. He has published over 70 books, journal articles, and reviews on Shakespeare and drama from the Renaissance and medieval periods, and he has won the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship twice, among other fellowships and grants. His personal papers collection, spanning from his time as an undergraduate student at Hope College to the present day, include handwritten notes, grant applications, and correspondence with colleagues, as well as drafts of papers and research for various projects, conferences, and other programs which he led.


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