Geoffrey Fox is an American fiction writer and essayist now living in the village of Carboneras, Almeria, Spain, with his wife, architect Susana Torre. He has two sons by a previous marriage.
Born in Chicago on April 3, 1941, he received a B.A. in Government from Harvard University (1963) and then spent over a year in Caracas, Venezuela, as a community organizer for Acción in Venezuela, where he learned Spanish and began a life-long commitment to combating inequality and advancing our understanding of globalization and its consequences. He earned a PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University (1975), with a dissertation on “Working-Class Émigrés from Cuba,” published under that title by R&E Research Publications (1979) .
Fox’s fiction includes the novel A Gift for the Sultan (2010; translated into Turkish as Bir cihan, iki sultan), the collection of short stories Welcome to My Contri, and scores of short stories published in print in The Three Penny Review, Central Park, Yellow Silk, Fiction International and other magazines, and online in literary journals including Linnaean Street, In Posse, Looking Glass, and Exquisite Corpse. His English-language fiction has been reviewed in The New York Times Book Review and other journals and on-line sites, including Amazon and Goodreads. He is currently at work on a new novel, focusing on the Paris Commune of 1871. (See Work in Progress.)
Under the name Baltasar Lotroyo (el otro yo = alter ego in Spanish), he also writes short stories in Spanish. These are regularly published in anthologies in Spain and on Spanish websites. (See Baltasar Lotroyo’s home page and his detailed listings.)
Fox’s nonfiction includes several books and scores of articles of social and political analysis, as well as reviews of films and books. His book Hispanic Nation: Culture, Politics and the Construction of Identity (1998) has gone through four printings by the University of Arizona Press, and continues to be cited by researchers on the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. Other frequently cited works include “Honor, Shame, and Women’s Liberation in Cuba”(1973); “Mermaids and Other Fetishes: Images of Latin America” (1989); and “Liberty and People: Ideological Analysis of the Political Writings of Simon Bolivar” (1983). Other essays, articles and book reviews have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, In These Times and Counterpunch, among others.
Fox has taught literature and sociology at New York University, The New School for Social Research, Cornell University Labor College, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, Ohio Wesleyan University and the university of Illinois at Chicago Circle.