Kathleen M. Adams
Kathleen M. Adams is a cultural anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Her books include the award-winning Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia, Everyday Life in Southeast Asia (With K. Gillogly), and Home and Hegemony: Domestic Service and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia (with S. Dickey), as well as over fifty articles. Adams' research focuses on island Southeast Asia, critical tourism studies, heritage studies, museums, material culture and ethnic arts, globalization, ethnicity and nationalism. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1988 and has over three decades of research experience in Indonesia. Adams is also Adjunct Curator of Southeast Asian Ethnology at the Field Museum of Natural History.
Her research has led to profiles and interviews on National Public Radio' show "Soundprint," Voice of America and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. A former Fulbright recipient, Adams has consulted for Indonesia's Ministry of Education and Culture/UNESCO and served as academic adviser for several BBC and National Geographic documentary film and television projects.
Education and teaching
Adams received a B.A. in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1979), and a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle  (1988). She completed additional graduate work in Museum Studies at the Univ. of Washington, and in Indonesian Studies at Cornell University and Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (Salatiga, Indonesia).
Prior to her current position at Loyola University Chicago, Adams taught at Beloit College in Wisconsin (1988-1993), where she held the Mouat Family Endowed Chair for Junior faculty. Adams has been a visiting professor at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, Al-Farabi University in Kazakhstan, the National University of Singapore and has taught on several of University of Virginia's Semester at Sea voyages.
Awards and honors
Adams' book on the politics of art and tourism in upland Sulawesi (Indonesia) won the Alpha Sigma Nu award as the best social science book published in 2007–2009 by faculty at Jesuit institutions. A past Fulbright awardee (1984–85) and Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship (1999) recipient, Adams' research has also been supported by various fellowships from scholarly organizations such as the American Philosophical Society. In 2016 she received Loyola University's 2016 Sujack Master Researcher Award. Adams' has also received teaching awards, including Loyola University Chicago's 2007 Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2012 she was recognized by Princeton Review as one of the "300 best professors" in the US and Canada.
Adams has published several books and over fifty articles on island Southeast Asia, the politics of art, domestic work, identity dynamics, museums, and the anthropology of tourism. Some of her most significant works include the following:
- 2015 "Families, Funerals and Facebook: Reimag(in)ing and Curating Toraja Kin in Translocal Times.” TRaNS: Trans –Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia, 3(2).
- 2015 Guest Editor of Special Issue "Back to the Future? Emergent Visions for Object-Based Teaching in and Beyond the Classroom.” Museum Anthropology, Vol 38(2).
- 2015 "Identity, Heritage, and Memorialization: The Toraja Tongkonan of Indonesia.” In G. Riello and A. Gerritsen (eds) Writing Material Culture History, London: Bloomsbury.
- 2012 "Love American Style and Divorce Toraja Style: Lessons from a Tale of Mutual Reflexivity in Indonesia,” Critical Arts 26(2).
- 2012 “Ethnographic Methods” for Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, eds. Larry Dwyer, Alison Gill and Neelu Seertaram. Northamton, MA & Edward Elgar/Ashgate. pp. 339–351.
- 2011 Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Indiana University Press. (With Kathleen Gillogly).
- 2011 "Public Interest Anthropology, Political Market Squares, and Re-scripting Dominance: From Swallows to ‘Race’ in San Juan Capistrano, CA." Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 3(2):147-169.
- 2010 "Courting and Consorting with the Global: The Local Politics of an Emerging World Heritage Site in Sulawesi, Indonesia.” In V.T. King, M. Parnwell & M. Hitchcock (eds.) Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia, NIAS Press & Univ. of Hawai'i Press.
- 2008 "Indonesian Souvenirs as Micro-Monuments to Modernity: Hybridization, Deterritorialization and Commoditization." In Tourism in South-East Asia, Univ. of Hawai'i Press.
- 2008 “The Janus-Faced Character of Tourism in Cuba: Ideological Continuity and Change.” Annals of Tourism Research, 35(1):27-46. Co-authored with Peter Sanchez.
- 2006 Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia. University of Hawaii Press. (Winner of the 2009 Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award, best in Social Sciences 2007-2009)
- 2005 “Public Interest Anthropology in Heritage Sites: Writing Culture and Righting Wrongs.” International Journal of Heritage Studies, 11(5):433-439.
- 2005 “Generating Theory, Tourism & “World Heritage” in Indonesia: Ethical Quandaries for Practicing Anthropologists.” National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Bulletin, 23:45-59. Part of a Special Issue on “Anthropological Contributions to Travel & Tourism: Linking Theory with Practice.”
- 2004 “The Genesis of Touristic Imagery: Politics and Poetics in the Creation of a Remote Indonesian Island Destination.” Tourist Studies, 4(2):115-135.
- 2000 Home and Hegemony: Domestic Service and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia. University of Michigan Press. (With Sara Dickey).
- 2000 A Changing Indonesia. Special issue of Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science. Vol. 28, No. 2. (Guest edited, with Maribeth Erb).
- "Kathleen Adams, Antropolog AS yang Jatuh Hati pada Indonesia". Voice of America. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Dr. Kathleen M. Adams: Loyola University Chicago". Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- "Author Biography". Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- "Faculty and Staff – Kathleen Adams". Semester at Sea.
- Adams, Kathleen (2006). Art as Politics: Re-Crafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 304 pp. ISBN 978-0-8248-3072-4.
- "Past Winners of Alpha Sigma Nu Awards" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 12 November 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "PAst REcipients Loyola University Chicago Sujack Award". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- The Princeton Review (2012). "Best Professors Name" (PDF). THe Princeton Review Best 300 Professors. Princeton Review. p. 1. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- "Alpha Sigma Nu Week – Loyola University Chicago" (PDF). Alpha Sigma Nu: 1. Summer 2010.
- Kathleen M. Adams at Academia.edu