Skip to Content

Roberta E. Adams

Roberta E. Adams, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Humanities and Performing Arts, Professor of English
A.B., English, University of Michigan M.A., TESL, University of Massachusetts Boston M.A. and Ph.D., English, Indiana University Bloomington
Contact Information
(401) 254-3828
GHH 308

Teaching interests: survey courses in British and world literatures, medieval British and East Asian literatures. As Associate Dean, I teach one course per semester; these have included CORE 104, ENG 100, ENG 270 and special topics courses in Medieval Literature, Classics of World Literature, and World Short Story. As a member of the East Asian Studies program faculty, I also teach ASIA 100, Foundations of East Asian Studies.

My interest in medieval literature began in high school, when an English teacher recited Caedmon’s Hymn and snippets of Beowulf in Old English, and the opening of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Middle English. That early encounter led me ultimately to write my Ph.D. dissertation on Chaucer; my interest in the ability of language to transport us to other worlds and other times shaped my later explorations of world literatures. As an English major at the University of Michigan, I also studied French and Russian language and literature; as a graduate teaching assistant at Indiana University Bloomington, I worked with faculty teaching world literatures, from classic to modern.

After completing my Ph.D., I participated in an Indiana University exchange program with Hangzhou University in the People’s Republic of China, teaching British and American literature and writing. In 1992-93, I taught at Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria, through the Fulbright Scholars program. Memberships in the Asian Studies Development Program of the East West Center/University of Hawai’i, and the Japan Studies Foundation, have enabled me to study and travel in China, Korea, and Japan, and to share my research at national conferences.