| ACADEMICS | Schools & Departments | English | James E. Foley
B.A., Tufts University;
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
James E. Foley is an Associate Professor of English at Worcester State, having served on the faculty since 1999, and, prior to that appointment, as the Undergraduate Academic Dean from 1995-1999. He holds the B.A. in English from Tufts University, and the
M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
His academic interests developed in a somewhat atypical fashion: Drafted into the U.S. Army while in graduate school, he then attended Officer Candidate School, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in 1972. His first active duty posting
took him to the United States Military Academy where he joined the faculty of the English Department, a position he was to hold on two subsequent tours over the course of the next 21 years he spent on active duty. During those 21 years, he was able to complete the requirements
for the Ph.D. His dissertation, “‘Very Like a Whale’: Moby-Dick as Shakespearean Tragedy,” was accepted in 1983. He retired from the Army in 1993, in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having served in various assignments in Germany, Turkey, and Washington, D.C.
As a consequence of his having spent roughly half of his military career in an academic setting, Dr. Foley was able to complete his dissertation, and to co-write The West Point Sketch-Book (1976), an anecdotal history of the Military Academy which relied heavily on a rich store of
previously untapped archival material in the USMA Library. The Sketch-Book was revised and reissued in 2004, in a second edition timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Military Academy.
Out of his dissertation grew a predictable, as well as diverse, set of academic interests in 19th-century American Literature and in Shakespeare. These interests have, over the years, been supplemented by a growing passion for drama of all periods. In addition
to teaching the four survey courses in English and American Literature, Dr. Foley enjoys the frequent opportunity to offer courses in Shakespeare, Modern Drama, and Contemporary Drama.