Ken Fox, professor of Critical Thinking, and Conflict and Change Management

Ken Fox

Professor, School of Business,; Department Chair - FT Faculty and Student Issue
Work space: St. Paul Main Campus > East Hall > East Hall EAST 213E

Kenneth (Ken) Fox teaches courses focusing on critical thinking, conflict and change management, negotiation theory and business law. Between 1996 and 2022, he served as Hamline University’s founding director of conflict studies. Since 2002, he has served as a Senior Fellow of the Mitchell | Hamline School of Law’s nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Institute, where he regularly teaches and participates in scholarly activities.

Professor Fox’s academic interests relate to the many different ways that individuals, groups and societies experience, seek to understand, and work constructively through conflict. His writings focus primarily on mediation, negotiation and conflict theory. He has taught, trained, and/or consulted throughout the United States and in nineteen countries on four continents. He is a Fulbright senior specialist grant recipient through which he taught law, peace and conflict resolution studies at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia. Between 2001 and 2015, Professor Fox was also part of a series of multi-year U.S. State Department-funded civic education, civil society, and conflict transformation (peacebuilding) projects, working in-region and directly with Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, and Lebanese educators and civic leaders. Since 2006, he has taught annually at the Institute of Training in Mediation and Negotiation (IFOMENE) at the Catholic University of Paris, France.

Professor Fox received his BA in Rhetoric from the University of California and his JD (Cornelius Honor Society) from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. He also studied philosophy at the University of Liege, Belgium, as a Rotary undergraduate scholar. Professor Fox formerly practiced business and government law and also has a background in adult and experiential education.

Professor Fox takes a conversational approach to his teaching and seeks to engage students in ways that build connections between the classroom and students’ own lived experience.

“Every student brings their own unique and important life-experience into the classroom. We all learn more when we can connect the ideas we study to those experiences – and when we can have some fun in the process.” —Ken Fox

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