Professor James Fox

AB, BLitt, DPhil
Professor, State, Society and Goverance, College of Asia and the Pacific
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: 0407-948949

Areas of expertise

  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Studies Of Pacific Peoples' Societies 169905
  • Islamic Studies 220403
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 050204
  • Asian History 210302
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Fisheries Sciences 0704
  • Anthropology 1601

Research interests

History and anthropology of Indonesia and East Timor; rural development and resource management; study of social organisation and symbolic systems; linguistic anthropology; comparative Austronesian ethnology.


Professor James J. Fox was educated at Harvard (AB '62) and Oxford (B Litt. '65, DPhil. '68) where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught at various American Universities: Harvard, Cornell, Duke and Chicago and at various European Universities: Leiden, Bielefeld and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He is a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Fox's area of primary interest is Indonesia, with special focus on Java and eastern Indonesia. He has carried out considerable research in Timor, most recently in East Timor. More generally, his interests are in comparative issues affecting the whole of the Asia Pacific region.

Career highlights

  • Professorial Fellow/Professor, Australian National University (1975-present)
  • Jensen Memorial Lecturer, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt (2007)
  • Visiting Professor, Australian Chair, Harvard University (2006-07)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore (2001)
  • Director, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU (1998-2006)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore (2001)
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden (1996)
  • Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (1993)
  • Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar (1977-78)
  • Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (1971-72)
  • École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (1986); Chicago (1986-87); Leiden (1988)
  • Visiting Professor, Nusa Cendana, Kupang (1972-73); Duke (1968-69); Cornell (1969); Bielefeld (1981)
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Harvard University (1969-75)


Return to top

Updated:  25 February 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers