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FBI historian gives context to bureau's complex past

John Fox has written extensively on the FBI's intelligence work.
John Fox has written extensively on the FBI's intelligence work. (Courtesy Of Fbi)
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

John Fox

FBI Official Historian

Best known for: Exploring the bureau's rich and sometimes controversial past, giving lectures to public and internal audiences, and providing assistance to scholars, researchers, museums and libraries. He has written extensively about the FBI's intelligence work and chronicled its dealings with the Ku Klux Klan, its Cold War espionage activities and its forensic laboratory.

Government service: With government and political science degrees from Notre Dame and Boston College, along with a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of New Hampshire, Fox joined the FBI in 1999 as a paralegal specialist in the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Section. He was named the FBI's historian in 2002.

Biggest challenge: Balancing demands for thorough research, public outreach, archival work and many other responsibilities, including meeting the needs of academic researchers.

Quote: "My job is to help the FBI and the public understand the historical context of what we are doing today, where we have come from and what challenges we may face in the future."

-- From the Partnership for Public Service

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