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Julia P. Adams

Head of Calhoun College
Sociology
International and Area Studies

Adams_julia_crop Julia Adams is a professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies, as well as the Master of Calhoun College.

Professor Adams is an historical sociologist who teaches and conducts research in the areas of state development; social theory and knowledge; gender and family, and early modern European politics. Her book "The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe" won the Gaddis Smith Book Prize. She also writes on academic disciplines — as in her current National Science Foundation-funded research on the sciences and humanities, gender, and Wikipedia.

Professor Adams came to Yale in 2004 after having begun her teaching career at the University of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at Reed College and her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adams served as president of the Social Science History Association in 2008-2009 and chair of the Global and Transnational section of the American Sociological Association in 2012-2013.

At Yale she has chaired the Department of Sociology and directed the Division of the Social Sciences as well as the International Affairs Council and Fox Fellowship Program (both at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies). She currently co-directs CHESS (Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences). She was in the Provost's office during the past academic year, serving as Deputy Provost for Social Sciences and Faculty Development and Diversity.

Master Adams is married to Hans van Dijk, and between them they have four children: Lydia, Cassidy, Sebastian and Andrew. Andrew, the youngest, is a high school sophomore who attends Hamden Hall.

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