Rachel AdamsProfessor of English and Comparative Literature405 Philosophy Hall
Office Hours:Fall 2017 TBA(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
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. She is the director of "The Future of Disability Studies Project," and also holds an appointment in the American Studies Program. Her most recent book is Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery, published by Yale University Press in 2013. 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 David Savran) of The Masculinity Studies Reader (Blackwell Press, 2001) and (with Sarah Casteel) a special issue of Comparative American Literature on "Canada and the Americas." 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 Literature, American Literary History, American Quarterly,Minnesota Review, Camera Obscura, GLQ, Signs, Yale Journal of Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literature. She has also written for The New York Times, 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.