A. James McAdams

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On Leave Fall 2018


Regular Faculty - Professor


Comparative Politics


A. James McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.  He has written widely on European, especially central European, affairs.  His books include East Germany and DetenteGermany DividedJudging the Past in Unified Germany, and The Crisis of Modern Times.  His latest book, Vanguard of the Revolution:  The Global Idea of the Communist Party (Princeton University Press, 2017) examines the political history of the party from the 1840s to the present.  It is the first comprehensive history of the communist party. 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 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.


Office Hours

Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 1060 Nanovic Hall

Contact Information

Office: 2080 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-5253
Fax: 574-631-3569
Email: A.J.McAdams.5@nd.edu

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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