A. James McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and former director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies from 2002-2018.  He has written widely on European, especially central European, affairs.  His new project, "The New Messiahs," examines the thinking of such post-Leninist theorists as Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Michael Hardt, Bruno Bosteels, Antonio Negri, and Costas Douzinas. McAdams has been a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow since 1993.

McAdams has taught a wide variety of courses at every level of the curriculum.  These include undergraduate seminars on "Privacy and the Internet" and "Ten Images of Hell in the Twentieth Century"; lecture courses on Comparative Politics and the history of Communism; and a graduate seminar on "Philosophy and Dictatorship." He has won teaching awards across the university, including the Sheedy Award of the College of Arts and Letters, the Madden Award of the First-year of Studies, the Kaneb Award, and the Joyce Award.

ISP Advisee:
Alexandra Conley

Thematic Interests

Democratization; transitional justice; politics and technology; comparative foreign policy, philosophies of dictatorship

Current Research

The Rise and Fall of World Communism.

Other Accomplishments & Recognitions