Julia Adams

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Professor, Sociology and International & Area Studies
Master, Calhoun College
Areas of Interest: 
Comparative and Historical Sociology; Culture/Knowledge; Family/Gender/Sexuality; Global, Regional and Transnational Sociology; Political Sociology and Social Movements; Theory.
Phone number: 
203-432-6562 (Sociology Faculty Office),
203-432-0740 (via Angela McCray, Sr. Admin. Asst, Calhoun College)
Email: 
julia.adams@yale.edu
Email: 
Angela.Mccray@yale.edu

Julia Adams teaches and conducts research in the areas of state development; gender and family; social theory and knowledge; early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire. She is currently studying (1) large-scale forms of patriarchal politics; (2) the historical sociology of agency relations, and (3) gender and Wikipedia.

Adams is Master of Calhoun College. She also co-directs CHESS (Center for Historical Enquiry and the Social Sciences)

In 2013, Adams was awarded a two-year National Science Foundation grant for collaborative research with Hannah Brueckner (Associate Dean of Social Science, NYU-Abu Dhabi) on “Wikipedia and the Democratization of Academic Knowledge.” The investigators are exploring gender-specific patterns of representation of scholars and scholarship. One of the project’s goals is to contribute to improving quality and reducing bias on academic – and more general – Wikipedia.

Her book The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe (Cornell, 2005) won the Gaddis Smith Book Prize. With Mounira Maya Charrad, she co-edited a 2011 Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences volume, titled Patrimonial Power in the Modern World. With Elisabeth S. Clemens and Ann Shola Orloff, she edited Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology (Duke, 2005). Her work has twice won the Barrington Moore Jr. Award for Best Article given by the ASA section in Comparative and Historical Sociology.

She was previously the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Adams graduated from Reed College and did her graduate work in sociology (with a combined minor in history and anthropology) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She served as 2008-9 President of the Social Science History Association and 2012-13 Chair of the Global and Transnational section of the American Sociological Association. At Yale she has chaired the department of Sociology; directed the Division of the Social Sciences; the Fox Fellowship Program; the International Affairs Council, and co-directed the Center for Comparative Research. She was in the provost’s office during the past academic year, serving as Deputy Provost for Social Sciences and Faculty Development and Diversity.

SSHA Presidential Address

Recent Publications

Books and Volumes
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Series Editor

Courses and Seminars

Undergraduate
  • SOCY115, Contemporary American Society.
  • SOCY121, The Sociological Imagination.
  • SOCY160, Methods of Inquiry.
  • SOCY210, Sociology of the Welfare State.
Graduate
  • SOCY542, Sociological Theory.
  • SOCY557, Political Sociology.
  • SOCY560, Comparative Research Workshop.
  • SOCY590, Early Modern Empires: Theory and History.
  • SOCY612, Agency and Action.

Affiliations

Yale
National & International