B.A., Colorado College; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Adam graduated from UW–Madison in 2011 and specializes in 19th-century German literature, history, and culture. His dissertation, entitled "Thou Shalt Conform: Religious Ingroup Violence in German Prose Literature of the 19th Century," focuses on the scorn and retribution directed against individuals who deviate from the traditional standard of their particular religious communities—a standard that has been established according to narrow interpretations of theological teachings specific to each community's religious denomination. He first developed a deep appreciation for German literature, history, and culture while participating in a study abroad program at the Universität Lüneburg in 1997. Aside from history and religion, Adam is interested in the scientific writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Alexander Humboldt as well as Poetic and Bourgeois Realism. He has spent a great deal of time living and working in Germany over the past 10 years.
Adam also has a strong interest in theater and spent four years (2007–2010) directing a Summer Theater Program in Germany, where he staged several plays including Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Visit), Agatha Christie's Die Mausefalle (The Mousetrap), and João Bethencourt's Der Tag, an dem der Papst gekidnappt wurde (The Day They Kidnapped the Pope). He has been involved in (either as an actor, stage manager, or director) over a dozen play productions.
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
updated January 2014