Stanley Fish is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law, Florida International University, and Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English, Criminal Justice and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania(1959) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University (1960;1962). He has previously taught at the University of California at Berkeley (1962-74); Johns Hopkins University(1974-85), where he was the Kenan Professor of English and Humanities; and Duke University, where he was Arts and Sciences Professor of English and Professor of Law (1985-1998). From1993 through 1998 he served as Executive Director of Duke University Press.
He is the author of John Skelton's Poetry (1965);Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost (1967 and a Thirtieth Anniversary Edition in 1997); Self-Consuming Artifacts: The Experience of Seventeenth Century Literature(1972); The Living Temple: George Herbert and Catechizing(1978); Is There a Text in This Class? Interpretive Communities and the Sources of Authority (1980); Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies (1989); There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing, Too (1994);Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change (1995); The Trouble with Principle (1999);How Milton Works (2001); Save the World on Your Own Time (2008) and The Fugitive in Flight (2010). The Stanley Fish Reader, edited by H. Aram Veeser, was published in 1999. An archive has been established at the University of California, Irvine Library for the collection of his papers, correspondence, files, tapes, etc. In the past thirty years, there have been some two hundred articles, books, parts of books, dissertations, review articles, etc., devoted to his work.
For three and one half years Dean Fish wrote, "All in the Game, a monthly column for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 2006 Dean Fish had written a weekly on-line column for the New York Times under the rubric "Think Again." In recent years,Dean Fish has appeared in numerous following media venues including Firing Line, CNN, Hardball with Chris Matthews, CSPAN, Think-Tank,Larry King, Judy Jarvis, many NPR stations, The O'Reilly Factor show, Pacifica Radio, NBC Nightly News.