Ian Campbell Ross held a personal chair as Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies in Trinity College Dublin, where he is now a Fellow Emeritus. He has held posts as visiting professor at the Università di Roma Tre and at the Ateneo de Manila University, and has lectured in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US and Asia.
Professor Ross has published widely on English and European literatures from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. He is author of Laurence Sterne: a life (OUP, 2001) and has edited Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Clarendon and OUP, 1983; rev. ed. 2009). His many publications on eighteenth-century literature include works on Swift and Smollett. He was a contributor to The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991-2002), The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (2009), and The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2009).
For the Early Irish Fiction, 1680-1820 series, of which he is a co-General Editor, he is editor or co-editor of the anonymous Vertue Rewarded; or, The Irish Princess (2010), Sarah Butler, Irish Tales (2010), Elizabeth Sheridan, The Triumph of Prudence over Passion (2012) and William Chaigneau, The History of Jack Connor (2013). His other works include Swift's Ireland (1985); Public Virtue, Public Love: the Early Years of the Dublin Lying-in Hospital, the Rotunda (1986); an edition of Henry James, The Europeans (1985; rev. 2000); and Umbria: a cultural history (Viking, 1995; 4th revised and updated ed. Signal, 2013).
The President of Italy created Prof. Ross a member of the Ordine della Stella d'Italia in 2007.