Barbara Adams

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Design

Fisk Hall, 115

BA SUNY College Oneonta
MA University of Amsterdam
PHD The New School

Barbara Adams


Barbara Adams is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Design at the Center for Pedagogical Innovation where she teaches in the Science in Society Program and at the Center for the Study of Public Life. Her interdisciplinary research looks at how knowledge is produced and political action is initiated through art and design projects. She received her PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research (NSSR) where her doctoral research was supported by a fellowshop from the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought (GIDEST). Her current book project is focused on creative and poetic forms of social research and considers how art and design might redirect sociological thinking. She is also working on a manuscript that examines the politics of helping in socially engaged art and design projects. Her publications include the book Design as Future-Making (Bloomsbury) and the essay "Centers of Experience: Bodies and Objects in Today's Museums" in Experience Design (Bloomsbury). Barbara is co-editor in chief of the journal Design and Culture and an ethnographic researcher at the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab (DESIS Lab). 

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Wednesdays 10:30 to 12:30 or by appointment / Fisk 115