• Rachel Adams

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature
    405 Philosophy Hall
    Office Hours:
    Wednesdays 4:15p-5:30p Thursdays 12:30p-2:00p
    (212) 854 3831

    Areas of Interest :
    20th-21st century American literature; disability studies and health humanities; science studies; food and sustainability; media studies; theories of gender and sexuality; pop culture/cultural studies
    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 20th- and 21st-century literatures of the United States and the Americas, disability studies and health humanities, media studies, theories of race, gender, and sexuality, and food 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 PMLAAmerican LiteratureAmerican Literary HistoryAmerican QuarterlyMinnesota ReviewCamera ObscuraGLQSigns, Yale Journal of Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literature.  She has also written for The New York TimesWashington PostSalon, the Chronicle of Higher EducationGastronomica and the Times of London and has blogged for The Huffington Post.  Her essay series Book+Worm is published on Medium.  In 2010 she was the recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award.