A. James McAdams

William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs; Professor of Political Science; Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

219 Brownson Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-5253
amcadams@nd.edu

A. James McAdams


Areas of expertise: European politics and society; European history, especially 20th-century Germany; transitional justice; history of communism; authoritarianism; comparative politics


A. James McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs, professor of political science, and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

As director of one of the 7 international academic units within the Keough School, he is a member of the Keough School’s Leadership Council.

McAdams has written widely on European affairs, especially central Europe. His books include East Germany and Detente, Germany Divided: From the Wall to Reunification, Judging the Past in Unified Germany, Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law in New Democracies, and The Crisis of Modern Times. He is currently finishing a book titled Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party, which explores the changing concept of communist party leadership from the 1840s to the 2000s.

McAdams teaches a wide variety of courses at every level. These include the undergraduate seminars Privacy and the Internet, The Communist Era, and Ten Images of Hell in the Twentieth Century; lecture courses on comparative politics and the history of communism; and the graduate seminar Philosophy and Dictatorship. He has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the Charles Sheedy Award from the College of Arts and Letters, the Thomas P. Madden Award from the First Year of Studies, the Kaneb Teaching Award, and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.