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|Occupation||Professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies, Yale University|
Head of Grace Hopper College, Yale University
Julia Potter Adams (born July 11, 1957) is an American sociologist who works in the area of comparative and historical sociology. Julia Adams is a professor of Sociology. She conducts research in the areas of state building, gender and family, social theory and knowledge, early modern European politics, and Colonialism and empire. Her current research focuses on the historical sociology of agency relations and modernity, gender, race, and the representation of academic knowledge on Wikipedia and on other digital platforms.  Adams is Professor of Sociology and International & Area Studies and Head of Grace Hopper College, Yale. She also co-directs YaleCHESS (Center for Historical Enquiry and the Social Sciences) and is on the Board of Reed College.
Early life and education
She was president of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) from 2008 to 2009. Her presidential address covered historical sociological topics including agency, labor, and principal-agent relations. In 2010, she was appointed Joseph C. Fox Fellowship Director at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (Yale). In 2013, Professor Benjamin Cashore was appointed as the new Director.
Adams received a National Science Foundation grant in 2013 to conduct a study of the relationship between gender bias and the portrayal of academics in Wikipedia She collaborated with Hannah Bruckner of New York University-Abu Dhabi. Some of the resulting work has been published in peer-reviewed articles.
In 2005, Adams published two books on historical sociology: The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe as the sole author, and Remaking Modernity with colleagues Ann Shola Orloff and Elisabeth S. Clemens. The latter book surveys the field of historical sociology and proposes a third wave for historical interpretation and analysis in the social sciences.
In an interview with MacMillan Report at Yale University in 2010, Adams' discusses her research regarding large scale forms of patriarchal politics and the historical sociology of history relations. She discusses with interviewer Marilyn Wilkes her background research regarding the familial state and contradictions of agency in contemporary America. This background research was the development of her book, The Familial State, which focuses on elite families in large scale political development in European countries. She found this research important because of its academic importance and for the public to have a better understanding of the world around them. Adams often uses the term scholarship in her research. Scholarship, according to Adams', means patriarchal power in Twenty First century Inequality and Capitalism. By studying Holland’s renowned families, who were at the time both state-builders and merchant capitalists, during the seventeenth century Dutch Golden Age, Adams discovered how the family patriarchs shaped the first great wave of European colonialism which led to the influence of European political development in modern ways.
Adams has been criticized for her research regarding Wikipedia with Hannah Br��ckner who is a professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University-Abu Dhabi and is a leading sociologist on life course, inequality, health, gender and sexuality. This research project titled, “Wikipedia and the Democratization of Academic Knowledge” is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded study of how academics and academic subjects are represented on Wikipedia. The research gathered by Adams and Brückner is focused on comparing the structure and statistics of scientific evidence and social scientific evidence with their Wikipedia entries to better understand the development of Wikipedia as a functional and legitimate online encyclopedia.
- Adams, J. (2005). The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, MY.
- Adams, J.; Clemens, E.S.; Orloff, S. (2005). Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology. Duke University Press, Durham, NC.
- Charrad, M.M. & Adams, J. (eds.) (2015) Volume 28 - Patrimonial Capitalism and Empire Book Series: Political Power and Social Theory, Emerald Group Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78441-758-1
- Adams, J. & Charrad, M.M. (eds) (2011) Patrimonial Power in the Modern World. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.
- Adams, Julia: Brueckner, Hannah and Naslund, Cambria (2019). Who Counts as a Notable Sociologist on Wikipedia? Gender, Race, and the “Professor Test.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, Volume 5: pp. 1-14.
- Luo, Wei: Adams, Julia and Brueckner, Hannah (2018). “The Ladies Vanish? American Sociology and the Genealogy of its Missing Women on Wikipedia,” Comparative Sociology. Vol. 17 #5, pp. 519-556.
- Adams, Julia and Pincus, Steve (2017). “Imperial States in the Age of Discovery,” pp. 333-48 in The Many Hands of the State: Theorizing Political Authority and Social Control (eds. Kimberly J. Morgan and Ann Shola Orloff). New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Adams, Julia and Herzog, Ben (2017). “Women, Gender, and the Revocation of Citizenship in the United States,” Sage Journals, August 25, 2017.
- Adams, Julia and Brückner, Hannah (2015). “Wikipedia, sociology, and the promise and pitfalls of Big Data,” Big Data and Society, July-December 2015: 1-5.
- Adams, Julia and Shughrue, Chris (2015). “Bottlenecks and East Indies Companies: Modeling the Geography of Agency in Mercantilist Enterprises,” in Emily Erikson (ed.) Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics (Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 29) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 207 - 218.
- Adams, Julia and Steinmetz, George (2015). “Sovereignty and Sociology: From State Theory to Theories of Empire”. (Book Series: Political Power and Social Theory). Emerald Publishing.
- Adams, Julia and Wang, Liping Liping, “Interlocking Patrimonialisms and State Formation in Qing China and Early Modern Europe,” in J. Adams and M. M. Charrad, Special Editors. (2011) Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 636 (July): Washington, DC: Sage.
- Adams, Julia (2011). “1-800-How-Am-I-Driving? Agency in Social Science History,” Social Science History, vol. 35 #1, pp. 1-17
- Adams, Julia and Reed, Ariail Issac (2011). “Culture in the Transitions to Modernity: Seven Pillars of a New Research Agenda,” Theory & Society, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 247-272.
- Adams, Julia and Weakliem, David (2011) “What Do We Mean by “Class Politics”?” Politics & Society Volume 39 Issue 4 December 2011 pp. 475 - 496.
- Adams, Julia (2010). “The Unknown James Coleman: Culture and History in Foundations of Social Theory,” pp 237-294 in Contemporary Sociology, Vol 39, #3, 253-8, 2010.
- Adams, Julia (2008). “Scholarly Controversy: The Familial State,” pp 237-294 in Political Power and Social Theory, Vol 19, 2008.
- Adams, Julia and Orloff, Ann Ann (2005). “Defending Modernity? High Politics, Feminist Anti-Modernism and the Place of Gender,” in Politics and Gender, 1 (1).
- Adams, Julia (2005). “The Rule of the Father: Patriarchy and Patrimonialism in Early Modern Europe,” pp. 237-266 in C. Camic, P. S. Gorski and D. M. Trubek (eds.), Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Adams, Julia and Tasleem, Padamsee (2001). “Signs and Regimes: Rereading Feminist Work on Welfare States,” Social Politics, 8 (1): 1-23.
- Adams, Julia (1999). “Culture in Rational-Choice Theories of State Formation,” pp. 98-122 in G. Steinmetz (ed.), State/Culture: State Formation After the Cultural Turn. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- Adams, Julia (1996). “Principals and Agents, Colonialists and Company Men: The Decay of Colonial Control in the Dutch East Indies,” American Sociological Review, 61 (1): 12-28.
- Adams, Julia and McLanahan, Sara (1987) “Parenthood and Psychological Wellbeing,” Annual Review of Sociology 13, eds. R. Turner and J. Short. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews: 237-57.
- "Adams, Julia, 1957-". id.loc.gov. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
- "Social closure in American elite higher education" Archived 2017-12-15 at the Wayback Machine. Boston University. DL Swartz - 2008.
- Adams, J., Brückner, H. and Naslund, C. (2019). Who Counts as a Notable Sociologist on Wikipedia? Gender, Race, and the “Professor Test”. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 5, p.237802311882394.
- "Sociology: Julia Adams".
- University of Michigan. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (1992). LSAmagazine. UM Libraries. pp. 125–. UOM:39015061598101.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- American Council of Learned Societies (1994). Report. p. 53.
- "More news of Yale people". Yale Alumni Magazine. Jul/Aug 2014
- "Wikipedia's Scarcity of Women 'Wikipedians' Gets a Closer Look". NBC News, Dec 3 2014.
- Paling, Emma, "How Wikipedia Is Hostile to Women", The Atlantic, 21 October 2015
- "Wikipedia: a bias against women?". The National UAE, Daniel Bardsley, April 12, 2014
- " Wikipedia's Gender Problem Gets a Closer Look". by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science December 03, 2014
- Adams, J.; Brückner, H. (2015). "Wikipedia, sociology, and the promise and pitfalls of Big Data". Big Data & Society. 2 (2): 205395171561433. doi:10.1177/2053951715614332. ISSN 2053-9517.
- Adams, J. (2016) Can crowdsourcing capture academic knowledge? The Wikipedia experiment Parameters: Knowledge under digital conditions, SSRC. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
- L., Wei; Adams, J.; Brueckner, H. (2018). "The Ladies Vanish?". Comparative Sociology. 17 (5): 519–556. doi:10.1163/15691330-12341471. ISSN 1569-1322.
- Adams, Julia; Brückner, Hannah; Naslund, Cambria (2019-01-01). "Who Counts as a Notable Sociologist on Wikipedia? Gender, Race, and the "Professor Test"". Socius. 5: 2378023118823946. doi:10.1177/2378023118823946. ISSN 2378-0231.
- Adams, J. (2005). The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, MY. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
- Adams, J.; Clemens, E.S.; Orloff, S. (2005). Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology. Duke University Press, Durham, NC. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
- Wilkes, Marilyn (December 6, 2010). "Julia Adams: The Familial State and Contradictions of Agency". YouTube.
- Twenty-First Century Inequality & Capitalism: Piketty, Marx and Beyond. Lauren Langman and David A. Smith. 2018. p. 113. ISBN 978-90-04-35704-4.
- Adams, Julia (2005). The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- Dhabi, NYU Abu. "Hannah Brückner". New York University Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
- "Statement on Adams/Brückner Wikipedia Research Project (November 2014) | Sociology". sociology.yale.edu. Retrieved 2019-11-22.