Faculty Recognition Award
One of the top historical sociologists in the country, Julia Adams
works at the intersection of history, culture and social theory.
She combines theoretical insight with a deep knowledge of the history
of the politics of early modern European statebuilding, politics,
social arrangements and colonial outposts. Her forthcoming book,
“The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism
in Early Modern Europe” (Cornell University Press), introduces
a key dimension to the study of European states—the familial
ideologies of the elite in England, France and the Netherlands,
and the way the elites’ long-term, intergenerational horizons
influenced their policies.
Adams, a member of the Department of Sociology faculty since 1990
and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, is a rigorous, demanding and
intellectually stimulating teacher. Students describe her courses
as an “incredible learning experience.” She is a recipient
of the Class of 1923 Memorial Award, the Julia Lockwood Award and
the Excellence in Education Award, and has supervised countless
honors students and served on more than 40 dissertation committees.
Her good will, organizational skills and unparalleled intellectual
range keep Adams in demand for extra teaching and administrative
service, work that she performs with generosity, grace and unfailing
efficacy. In addition to serving numerous terms on the Sociology
Department’s executive committee, she has contributed to the
University’s overall well-being as a member of the Institute
for the Humanities Executive Committee and the Pew Committee on
Adams is active in the American Sociological Association (ASA) and
the Social Science History Association, and has served on the editorial
boards of numerous journals. A fellow of the Russell Sage Foundation
and senior fellow of the U-M Society of Fellows, she has received
many accolades, including the ASA’s Barrington Moore, Jr.
Award for Best Recent Article in Comparative-Historical Sociology,
an honor she has received twice.