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Ryan Adams

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Assistant Professor of Anthrpology, Lycoming College
700 College Place
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 321-4201
adamsr[at]lycoming [dot] edu

Dr. Ryan Adams is an assistant professor of anthropology and joined the Sociology/Anthropology faculty at Lycoming College in 2010 after teaching for three years at Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He has conducted research in the American Midwest and in Brazil (including the Brazilian Amazon).

Dr. Adams' primary areas of research interest are centered on people and their relationship to food, farming and the environment. His dissertation research, "Elite Landowners in Santarém: Ranchers, Gaúchos and the Arrival of Soybeans in the Amazon" is an ethnographic analysis of large-scale landowners, who are mostly rice and soybean farmers and cattle ranchers in the upland areas south of Santarém, Pará State, Brazil. Past projects include an analysis of El Niño related drought events, a study of organic farming in Bloomington, and two seasons of coordination of fieldwork related to research being conducted at the Anthropological Center for Training and Research in Global Environmental Change (ACT) at Indiana University. Dr. Adams is developing new research related to the food movements and "foodies" in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, and following up on research in Brazil by developing a project examining the way capitalized farmers in Brazil use their kinship networks to expand the Brazilian agricultural frontier and manage economic risk.

He is the recipient of teaching awards from Indiana University and Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis. In his spare time, he enjoys farmer's markets, gardening, playing with his daughter and travelling.

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