Adair, Vivyan C. 1953-

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ADAIR, Vivyan C. 1953-


Born December 30, 1953, in Minneapolis, MN; children: Heather V. L. Education: North Seattle Community College, A.A.; University of Washington, Seattle, B.A., 1991, M.A., 1993, Ph.D., 1996.


Home—8 Fountain St., Clinton, NY 13323. Office—Women's Studies Program, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Rd., Clinton, NY 13323-1296. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Washington, Seattle, postdoctoral instructor in English, 1991-98, lecturer in women's studies, 1998; Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, assistant professor, 1998-2003, associate professor 2004—, Elihu Root Endowed Chair in Women's Studies, 2004-09. Founder and director of ACCESS Project, 1999—, and founding member of Utica Service Learning Experience. Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Studies, Cuernavaca, Mexico, instructor, 1993; North Seattle College, instructor, 1998; guest lecturer at other institutions, including University of Houston, Utica College, Colgate University, Fordham University, Rutgers University, Bates College, and University of Stirling; public speaker; guest on media programs. National Rural Development Partnership, board member of Welfare Reform Task Force, 2001-03.


American Studies Association, Modern Language Association of America, Working Class Academic Association.


Grants from Watson Lowery Memorial Fund and Frank W. Baker Fund, Community Foundation, 2000, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, 2001-03, State of New York, 2002-03, U.S. Department of Labor, 2001-03, and Fund for Improvement in Post-Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 2001-03; named Professor of the Year for New York State, Case/Carnegie Foundation, 2004.


From Good Ma to Welfare Queen: A Genealogy of the Poor Woman in American Literature, Photography, and Culture, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 2000.

(Editor, with Sandra L. Dahlberg, and contributor) Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty, and the Promise of Higher Education in America, Temple University Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, 4th edition, edited by Jodi O'Brien and David Newman, Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA), 2002; and Women's America: Refocusing the Past, edited by Linda Kerber and Jane DeHart, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2003. Contributor to periodicals, including Feminist Studies, Labor; Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, On Campus with Women; Journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Public Voices, Pedagogy, Radical Teacher, Signs, and Harvard Educational Review.


Editing Education First: Welfare Reform and Best Practices in American Post-Secondary Education; The ACCESS Project: Changing Lives, Families, and Communities through Higher Education.


Vivyan C. Adair told CA: "I hope that my analytical, theoretical, and personal/political work will challenge scholars and citizens to think differently about class in the United States and globally, and to rethink and critique our public devaluation of poor single mothers in the comtemporary United States."



Library Journal, April 15, 2003, Ellen D. Gilbert, review of Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty, and the Promise of Higher Education in America, p. 110.