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David Fox

Department Chair, English and Art History Instructor, Coach for Boys’ Swimming & Diving and Water Polo

After graduating from Bates College, I returned to my hometown, Tulsa, and began teaching at my alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School. In 1998, I left Booker T. to study at Harvard University, where I earned a master’s degree, helped teach courses, coached the water polo team, and served as a junior administrator, including as the assistant director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. 

I joined the English Department at Andover in 2004 and the Art Department, as Instructor in Art History, in 2009. In addition to teaching in these disciplines, I coach the boys’ varsity swimming and water polo teams, live in a ninth-grade dormitory, and chair the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. I also direct the Accelerate, Challenge, Enrich (ACE) program at Andover.

Courses I have created and taught at Andover:

  • Being, Thinking, Doing (philosophy and literature)
  • Bob Dylan
  • Cinema Symbiosis (film history)
  • Don Quixote
  • Florence in the Renaissance (art, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy)
  • Histories of Art
  • London:  Harbinger of Modernity (art, history, literature, philosophy, physics, 1642-1727)
  • Madmen, Fools, and Modernity (Don Quixote and King Lear)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Paradise Lost
  • Relativity, Incompleteness, Subjectivity (intellectual history 1890-1940)
  • The Storm (phenomenon of the hurricane)
  • The Story of Literature
  • This is America:  The Wire
  • What is Critique? (survey of critical theory)
  • When I Paint My Masterpiece (philosophy of art and aesthetic theory)
  • Will the Harbinger (Shakespeare’s anticipation of Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein,
  • and Derrida)
  • Writing to Read, Reading to Write
  • Youth from Every Quarter (history of equity and inclusion at Phillips Academy)

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