John Fox: Brief Bio

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John Fox is Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where, prior to retirement, he was the Senator McMaster Professor of Social Statistics.

Professor Fox is the author of numerous books (including those supported by this website) and articles on social statistics, statistical computing, and statistical graphics, and in sociology and social psychology. He has also co-authored popular packages for the R statistical computing environment, including the car, effects, Rcmdr, ivreg, and matlib packages.

John Fox received a BA from City College of New York in 1968 and a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1972, both in Sociology. Prior to McMaster, he taught at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, and at York University, in Toronto. For many years, Professor Fox taught courses, short courses, and lecture series in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICSPR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He presented short courses and workshops on a range of topics in statistics and statistical computing in a variety of venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Professor Fox was the founding Coordinator of the York University Statistical Consulting Service, and was Chair of the McMaster University Sociology Graduate Programme. He served on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including The American Journal of Sociology, The Journal of Statistical Software, The R Journal, Sociological Methods and Research, and Sociological Methodology, and was academic editor of the Sage Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences ("QASS") monograph series. He was a frequent member of the Advisory Committee to the ICPSR Summer Program, and was elected to the ICPSR Council and to the R Foundation.