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  • Barbara Adams

    Assistant Professor of Design and Social Justice

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    adamsb01@newschool.edu

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    Parsons Faculty Hotseat

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    Barbara Adams

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    Barbara Adams is a sociologist whose 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 fellowship from the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought (GIDEST). Barbara is the current coordinator of the Anthropology + Design Graduate Minor. 

    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 Academic) and the essay “Centers of Experience: Bodies and Objects in Today’s Museums” in Experience Design (Bloomsbury Academic). Barbara is co-editor in chief of the journal Design and Culture and a researcher at the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab (DESIS Lab). She was previously the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Design at Wesleyan University where she taught in the Science in Science in Society Program, the Center for the Study of Public Life, and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. 


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    Current Courses

    Anthropology & Design
    GANT 6405, Fall 2022

    Thesis 1
    PGTD 5220, Fall 2022

    Thinking with Things
    PSDS 3760, Fall 2022

    Future Courses

    Independent Study
    PGTD 5900, Spring 2023

    The City through the Body
    PSDS 3507, Spring 2023

    Transdisciplinary Seminar 2
    PGTD 5010, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Anthropology & Design
    GANT 6405, Spring 2022

    Ethical Decisions & Leadership
    PUDM 4041, Spring 2022

    Thesis 2
    PGTD 5201, Spring 2022

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