John Cox is Deputy Director of the Division of Education. He received his PhD in English from the University of Mississippi in 2000. Prior to coming to NEH, he was an associate professor of English and the director of graduate studies at Georgia College & State University. In addition, he has taught secondary school literature and composition in the United States and abroad. His book, Traveling South: Travel Narratives and the Construction of American Identity, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2005. He has also written and presented on William Bartram, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and other topics related to American literature.