Russell Arben Fox

I grew up in a family of eleven in Spokane, WA, and my parents and all my siblings are presently (and in all likelihood permanently) settled at various points west of the Rocky Mountains: Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada. I, by contrast, live--along with my wife (Melissa Madsen Fox) and our three daughters (Megan, Caitlyn, and Alison)--in Jonesboro, AR. This makes me an outlier, in more ways than one. I was born in 1968; went to Brigham Young University in 1987; went on a mission (Korea Seoul West) in 1988; returned to BYU in 1990; married Melissa in 1993; graduated in 1994; moved east to go to graduate school at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. in 1995; Megan was born in 1996; we lived in Frankfurt, Germany for a summer while I studied at Goethe-Universitšt in 1999; Caitlyn was born in 2000; I graduated with my doctorate in 2001; and Alison was born in 2003. Since I finished my Ph.D. I've had jobs at Mississippi State University, Arkansas State University, and Western Illinois University, where I'm currently a visiting assistant professor in the political science department. I teach political philosophy and whatever else the department needs taught; I study contemporary political theory, the history of political thought, Continental philosophy, the politics of language, Christian theology, East Asian religion, and whatever else I can find an excuse to read up on. I write a lot, some of which you can read here at Times & Seasons, more of which can be found on my own blog, In Medias Res. Everything else you might want to know about my family or me you can probably find on our home page. My worldview is basically communitarian; I believe in belonging, and mostly define myself by my attachments, of which I've been blessed with many. I'm a husband and a father, a brother and a son, a Christian and a Mormon, a teacher and a scholar and a colleague, a citizen, a ward member, and--surprisingly enough, to a number of amazingly patient people--a friend. I also ramble on at great length, but you know that by now.