Julia Adams, PhD

  • Professor of Sociology; Head, Grace Hopper College
  • Joseph C. Fox Director, Fox International Fellowships
  • Co-Director, Center for Comparative Research
  • Professor of International and Area Studies
  • Chair, Dept of Sociology
Julia Adams teaches and conducts research in the areas of state formation; gender and family; social theory; early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire. She is currently studying large-scale forms of patriarchal politics and the historical sociology of agency relations.

She was previously the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Her book The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. (Cornell, 2005) won the Gaddis Smith Book Prize. 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.

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.

At Yale she directs the Fox Fellowship Program; chairs the International Affairs Council and co-directs the Center for Comparative Research and the Transitions to Modernity Workshop. She also co-edits (with George Steinmetz) the Series in Politics, History and Culture at Duke University Press.
Education
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1990
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, 1984
  • BA, Reed College , 1980
Publications
  • Julia Adams and Mounira Maya Charrad, Eds. The Power of Kinship: Patrimonial States in Global Perspective, forthcoming as volume 636 of The Annals, The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (New York, NY: Sage, 2011)
  • Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, volume 636 July 2011, The Annals, The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (New York, NY: Sage, 2011) special editor Julia Adams, Mounira M. Charrad
  • "1-800-How-Am-I-Driving? Agency in Social Science History," in Social Science History [SSHA Presidential Address] volume 34, #1, pp. 1-17, 2011.
  • Julia Adams and George Steinmetz. “Sovereignty and Sociology: From State Theory to Theories of Empire,” Sociology and Empire (ed. G. Steinmetz), Chapel Hill, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
  • "The Unknown James Coleman: Culture and History in Foundations of Social Theory," Contemporary Sociology, vol 39 #3, pp.253-9, 2010.
  • Julia Adams and George Steinmetz. “Sovereignty and Sociology: From State Theory to Theories of Empire “The Ruling of the Father: Patriarchy and Patrimonialism in Early Modern Europe,” Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion. Eds. C. Camic, P. Gorski and D. Trubek, Standord: Stanford UP, 2005, 237-66.
  • The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2005
International activities
  • Historical Sociological Imagination
    China, Japan, United States (2010-Present)
    "The Historical Sociological Imagination" is a co-authored book-in-progress by Julia Adams and Elizabeth Breese that deals with modernity, its past, present and prospects. Countries and regions: Europe, Japan, China, Africa, the Americas

  • Patrimonial Power in the Modern World
    Chile, France, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Tunisia, United States (2008-Present)
    Following up on a May 9-11, 2008 conference at Yale, co-convened by Professors Julia Adams and Mounira Maya Charrad (Sociology, University of Texas-Austin), this edited Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences volume deals with the United States, Tunisia, Chile, Frane, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Poland, and Russia. The authors analyze patrimonial politics in regions throughout the world, with an eye to students of politics and policy and to a multidisciplinary scholarly audience in political sociology, historical social science, history, and social theory. A second edited volume follows under the imprint of Political Power and Social Theory.

  • Honorary Visiting Associate, University of Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1996-1997)
    Research with colleagues at the International Social Science Institute

    University of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh

  • Chateaubriand Fellowship
    France (1987-1988)

    French Government, French Government

Current projects

Honors
  • President, Social Science History Association, 2007-08
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship, 1987-1988
  • Russell Sage Foundation Fellow, 2002-03
  • Paul Moore Fund for Instructional Innovation, with Elizabeth Breese, 2010-2011
  • Gaddis Smith Book Prize
Services
  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology
    University of Michigan
    (1990 - 2003)
  • International Affairs Council, The Yale Center for International and Area Studies
    Yale University
    (2007 - 2010)
  • Department Chair, Sociology (serving since 2010)
    Yale University
  • Fox International Fellowship Program, The MacMillan Center (serving since 2010)
  • Executive Committee, Sociological Research Association
    (2011 - 2016)
  • Section on Global and Transnational Sociology, American Sociological Association
Languages
Dutch, French