Bluford Adams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Bluford Adams is associate professor in the Departments of American Studies and English.  He has taught at Iowa since 1995. He was educated at Duke University (BA, English 1985) and the University of Virginia (PhD, English 1993).  In addition to his books listed here, his essays have appeared in Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Journal of American Ethnic History, and American Literary History. His teaching and research focuses on racial, ethnic, and regional identities, immigration history, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. culture. He teaches courses in American Studies on passing and immigration in U.S. culture. 

Recent American Studies classes:
  • 45:25 Diversity and American Identities
  • 45:145 Immigration and American Culture
Research Interests: 
  • Racial and ethnic studies
  • Regionalism


Old and New New Englanders: Immigration and Regional Identity in the Gilded Age
University of Michigan Press


World Conquerors or a Dying People? Racial Theory, Regional Anxiety, and the Brahmin Anglo-Saxonists.
Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
April 2009
April 2009, 8, no. 2 189-215

Bluford Adams, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Virginia (1993, English)
Contact Information

308 English-Philosophy Building (EPB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States