Faculty and Staff

adamsJulia P. Adams

Julia P. Adams
Chair, Department of Sociology
Professor of Sociology
Professor in International and Area Studies
Joseph C. Fox Director, Fox International Fellowships,
Co-Director, Center for Comparative Research (CCR)

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 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.

Julia Muravnik
Fox Fellowships and Student Grants Administrator
Email: Julia.muravnik@yale.edu
Phone: (203)436-8164

Edwards Street Mailing Address:
Fox Fellowship
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center
for International and Area Studies at Yale
PO Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520

Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 306
Fax: (203) 432-9383

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"This academic year has been the most efficient and effective year for my research I have ever had before, in the sense that I did not have any distraction and most of the time I could concentrate on my research. Additionally, having activities with other Fox fellows, I was able to observe myself what my strengths and weaknesses are which could be considered as my personal developments. If I stayed in Japan, I would not have noticed that much because Japan is a relatively homogeneous nation and there are not very huge gaps among people. Therefore, putting myself in a position where I cooperate with people from 11 countries were the great opportunity to examine my leadership potential since I would like to work internationally."

Michiko Ishisone
from Tokyo University to Yale