Sean Adams grew up in West Virginia and received his B.A. from Purdue University (1990) and M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the History Department at the University of Florida.
Dr. Adams has research interests in nineteenth-century U.S. History, with a particular emphasis upon political economy and industrial development. He is the author of Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America (2004) and Home Fires: How Americans Kept Warm in the Nineteenth Century (2014) and the editor of The Early American Republic: A Documentary History (2008) and A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (2013). He has published articles in The Journal of American History, Enterprise & Society, Business History (UK), The Journal of Policy History, Common-place.org, and has several chapters in published collections.
Dr. Adams is currently Department Chair of History and in 2013-14 he served as the Acting Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at UF.
Areas of Interest/Research
19th Century U.S. History; American Capitalism; Industrial Revolution; U.S. South
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