Acting Center Director, 2013-2014
Email: spadams [at] ufl [dot] edu
Office: 200B Walker Hall
Office Hours: By appointment
Sean Patrick Adams received his B.A. in history at Purdue University (1990) and his M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1999) in U.S. history from the University of Wisconsin. His research interests are mainly in 19th century U.S. history, with a particular emphasis upon political economy, energy policy, and industrial change. His books include Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), The Early American Republic: A Documentary History (Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and he just published an edited volume of twenty-seven essays entitled A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Adams recently published articles in The Journal of American History, Enterprise & Society, Business History (UK), Common-place.org, and has several chapters in published collections, the most recent of which is a study of the impact of the American Civil War on the course of American capitalism.
Adams’ new book on energy transitions and home heating in 19th century industrial America will be coming out soon for Johns Hopkins University Press with the tentative title: Home Fires: How the Industrial Hearth Warmed 19th Century America and his three volume anthology of edited documents on the American coal trade will be out in late 2013 with London publishers Pickering & Chatto. At the moment, he is working on a history of an antebellum iron furnace community on the site of the Chancellorsville battlefield in Spotsylvania County, Virginia that will examine the stunted growth of industrialization in the 19th century American South and the ways that industrial history helped construct the memory of the Old South.
Previously Adams taught at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando before coming to UF in 2005. He recently received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Program in Early American Economy and Society at Library Company of Philadelphia.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
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