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Dr. Russell L. Adams
Emeritus Professor

Founders Library, Rm. 316
(202) 806-7242



Dr. Russell L. Adams is a political sociologist with a long time interest in interdisciplinary instruction, curriculum development, community diversity and intergroup relations. The holder of the B.A. degree from Morehouse College and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, he has published numerous articles on the emergence of Afro-American Studies as an academic field utilizing a variety of disciplines, the role of philosophy and the function of epistemology in constructing and defining social reality. He is the author of the widely used publication Great Negroes: Past and Present. Dr. Adams is currently engaged in editing a series of essays focusing on the antebellum black community and black participation in the American Civil War. Dr. Adams has served as a curriculum consultant to colleges and public school systems in different parts of the country. He is a manuscript reviewer for academic journals and textbook publishers. Frequently quoted by the mass media, he has lectured throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Israel and South Africa.




Ph.D. Political Science
University of Chicago

M.A. Ph.D. Political Science
University of Chicago

B.A. Political Science, Minor History/Sociology
Morehouse College, Atlanta


1971 - 2005
Chair, Department of Afro American Studies
Howard University, Washington, D.C.

1969 - 1971
Associate Professor and Acting Chairman, Division of Humanities
Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia)

1965 - 1969
Assistant Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science,
North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina


COAS Howard University