Dr Thomas Jessen Adams

BA Tulane MA University of Chicago PhD University of Chicago
Lecturer in History and American Studies

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7948

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The United States Studies Centre

Biographical details

Dr Adams’ work and teaching focus on the United States broadly construed with emphases on political economy as well as the recent history of New Orleans and the Gulf South. He is completing a book entitled The Servicing of America: Work, Value, and Inequality in the Modern U.S.. This project argues that the hidden history of contemporary American economic inequality lies in the political and cultural history of the devaluation of specific kinds of human labor that was seen as antithetical to republican notion of citizenship and masculinity. Another book, a collection of essays edited with Steve Striffler, Working in the Big Easy: Labor in New Orleans from Slavery to Post-Katrina will be published in 2014 and is the first comprehensive labor history of New Orleans.

Research interests

Dr Adams’ research interests include: political economy; labor history; New Orleans and the Gulf South; “neoliberalis;” Urban Politics and Culture; Social Movements; Gender and Sexuality; Post-World War II American Culture; African-American intellectual and urban history; and the U.S. South.

Teaching and supervision

U.S. History; history of political economy and labor; 20th Century U.S.; urban history; U.S. South; gender history; social movements; African-American history; contemporary American culture and politics.

Awards and honours

American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow 2011-13

Monroe Fellowship, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South 2010-11

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2009-13

Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture Writing Fellowship 2008-09

James C. Hormel Foundation Dissertation Fellowship 2007-2008

Albert J. Beveridge Fellowship, American Historical Association, 2007

Wallis Annenberg Fellowship, 2007

Keck Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library, 2007

In the media

“A Letter to All of You in Sandy’s Path: Learned from What You Helped Teach the Gulf Coast.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-j-adams/a-letter-to-all-of-you-in_b_2041664.html

“On “Occupy Wall Street” and the Demobilizing Interpretation of Postwar American Protest Politics.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-j-adams/occupy-wall-street-movement_b_1008978.html

Selected grants

2010

  • The servicing of America: Service Work, Political Economy and the Making of Modern America; Adams T; New England Regional Fellowship Consortium/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Adams, T. (2014). New Orleans Brings It All Together. American Quarterly, 66(1), 245-256. [More Information]
  • Adams, T. (2013). Gender, The Wire, and the Limits of the Producerist Critique of Modern Political Economy. Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas, 10(1), 29-34. [More Information]
  • Adams, T. (2011). Walmart and the Making of "Postindustrial Society". Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas, 8(1), 117-125. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Adams, T. (2014). Neoliberalism and American History: Opportunities, Uses and Abuses. Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting 2014, Atlanta, USA: Organization of American Historians.
  • Adams, T. (2013). The Work of Music. Southern Labor Studies Association (SLSA) 2013 Conference - The Many Souths, New Orleans, USA.
  • Adams, T. (2012). Comments on - Labor Politics in 19th and 20th Century Louisiana: Urban and Rural. Louisiana Historical Association (LHA) Annual Meeting 2012, New Orleans, USA: Louisiana Historical Association.
  • Nguyen, M., Lee, A., Shingavi, S., Adams, T. (2010). From Vincent Chin to Bobby Jindal: The Asian American 80s and Beyond. American Studies Association Annual Meeting 2010 - Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Sudies for the Twenty-first Century, San Antonio, USA: American Studies Association.
  • Adams, T. (2009). Immigration Politics, Service Labor, and the Problem of the Undocumented Worker in 1970s Los Angeles. Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting 2009, Washington, USA: Organization of American Historians.
  • Adams, T. (2009). “Popular Political Economy at the Dawn of the 21st Century: ‘The Wire’ and ‘Veronica Mars’”. American Studies Association Annual Meeting 2009 - Practices of Citizenship, Sustainability, and Belonging, Washington DC, USA: American Studies Association.

2014

  • Adams, T. (2014). Neoliberalism and American History: Opportunities, Uses and Abuses. Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting 2014, Atlanta, USA: Organization of American Historians.
  • Adams, T. (2014). New Orleans Brings It All Together. American Quarterly, 66(1), 245-256. [More Information]

2013

  • Adams, T. (2013). Gender, The Wire, and the Limits of the Producerist Critique of Modern Political Economy. Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas, 10(1), 29-34. [More Information]
  • Adams, T. (2013). The Work of Music. Southern Labor Studies Association (SLSA) 2013 Conference - The Many Souths, New Orleans, USA.

2012

  • Adams, T. (2012). Comments on - Labor Politics in 19th and 20th Century Louisiana: Urban and Rural. Louisiana Historical Association (LHA) Annual Meeting 2012, New Orleans, USA: Louisiana Historical Association.

2011

  • Adams, T. (2011). Walmart and the Making of "Postindustrial Society". Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas, 8(1), 117-125. [More Information]

2010

  • Nguyen, M., Lee, A., Shingavi, S., Adams, T. (2010). From Vincent Chin to Bobby Jindal: The Asian American 80s and Beyond. American Studies Association Annual Meeting 2010 - Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Sudies for the Twenty-first Century, San Antonio, USA: American Studies Association.

2009

  • Adams, T. (2009). Immigration Politics, Service Labor, and the Problem of the Undocumented Worker in 1970s Los Angeles. Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting 2009, Washington, USA: Organization of American Historians.
  • Adams, T. (2009). “Popular Political Economy at the Dawn of the 21st Century: ‘The Wire’ and ‘Veronica Mars’”. American Studies Association Annual Meeting 2009 - Practices of Citizenship, Sustainability, and Belonging, Washington DC, USA: American Studies Association.

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