A. James McAdams, PhD

A. James McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs, Professor of History, and Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has written widely on European affairs, especially concerning Central Europe, and is an internationally recognized scholar of the two-state period in modern German history (1949-1989) and its aftermath. He has published numerous books and articles, including East Germany and Detente, Germany Divided, Judging 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, 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 Žižek, Alain Badiou, Michael Hardt, Bruno Bosteels, Antonio Negri, and Costas Douzinas. He has received Notre Dame’s Charles E. Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kaneb Teaching Award, the Joyce Teaching Award, and the Thomas J. Madden Award in Teaching in the First-Year of Studies. In 1997, he was the first political science professor to receive the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German Studies.