Michael Patrick Gillespie is currently a Professor of English at Florida International University and the Director of the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment. After receiving his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1980, he taught for twenty-nine years at Marquette University as an Assistant, Associate, and a Full Professor and finally as the inaugural Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English. He has written twelve books (on the works of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Kennedy, Chaos Theory, and Irish Film) and two monographs and has edited seven other works, including two volumes in the Norton Critical Edition of authors. He has also written eighty articles and book chapters relating to English and Irish studies. He has been on the advisory boards of a half dozen scholarly journals, and has served as a reader for thirteen university presses. He has received fellowships or grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Humanities Research Center, the William Andrews Clark Library, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and Marquette University. Gillespie has been on the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation and on the Board of Consultants for the Zurich James Joyce Foundation. He has been Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. He is the first American recipient of the Fanning Medal for distinguished work in Irish Studies and was named an FIU Distinguished Scholar in 2011.
His book on Joyce and exile was published in the spring of 2015 as part of the University Press of Florida Joyce Series. He is currently at work on a study of the complementarity of humanist and scientific thinking. His biggest project, however, remains breaking 90 consistently on the golf course.