• Rachel Adams

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature
    405 Philosophy Hall
    Office Hours:
    W 4:15p-5:15p and by appt.
    (212) 854 3831

    Areas of Interest :
    19th- and 20th-century American literature; media studies; theories of gender and sexuality; disability studies; cultural studies; theories of transnationalism and globalization
    Biography:
    B.A, University of California, Berkeley (1990); M.A., University of Michigan (1992); Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (1997). Professor Adams specializes in 19th- and 20th-century literatures of the United States and the Americas, media studies, theories of race, gender, and sexuality, food studies, medical humanities and disability studies.  Her most recent book is Raising Henry:  A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery, published by Yale University Press in 2013 and winner of the 2014 Delta Kappa Gamma Educators' Award.  She is also the author of Continental Divides:  Remapping the Cultures of North America (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2001).  She is co-editor (with Benjamin Reiss and David Serlin) of Keywords for Disability Studies and co-editor (with David Savran) of The Masculinity Studies Reader (Blackwell Press, 2001).  She is editor of a critical edition of Kate Chopin's The Awakening (Fine Publications, 2002).  Her articles have appeared in journals such as American LiteratureAmerican Literary HistoryAmerican Quarterly,Minnesota ReviewCamera ObscuraGLQSigns, Yale Journal of Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literature.  She has also written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Gastronomica and the Times of London and blogs for The Huffington Post.  In 2010 she was the recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award.