Professor Fulk received his B.A. from Oakland University in 1973 (English), his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1974 (English), his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1976 (Creative Writing), and his Ph.D., also from Iowa, in 1982 (English). He came to IU in 1983 and was named Chancellor's Professor in 2001. He has also taught at Wabash College and the University of Copenhagen.
Professor Fulk's area of expertise is the philology of early English, especially in relation to cognate languages and literatures. He has a particular interest in the ways in which linguistics and language study intersect with the analysis of medieval literature. Thus his research includes studies of the phonology and morphology of the early Germanic and Celtic languages, metrical criteria for dating and localizing Old English verse, the textual editing of Old Icelandic and Old English, and Anglo-Saxon literary history.
Professor Fulk held a Fulbright award for study in Iceland in 1979-80, and his 1992 book A History of Old English Meter won an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has held national elective offices in the Modern Language Association and the Society for Germanic Linguistics.