Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams


Ph.D., Indiana University

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4201
Campus Post Office Box 2

Sociology/Anthropology: Assistant Professor

Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Special Interest: Economic Anthropology, Rural Elites, Human/Environment Adaptation, Latin America, Food, Ethnography, Land Use Change

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 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.

In his spare time, he enjoys farmer's markets, gardening, playing with his daughter and travelling.


Adams, Ryan T. (2015) An Emerging Alliance of Ranchers and Farmers in the Brazilian Amazon. Tipití, Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America. 13(1): 63-78. 

Adams, Ryan T. (2010). "A Review of 'The World of Soy.' Food and Foodways, 18: 1, 114-117.

Adams, Ryan T. (2010). "From the 2009 Meeting - Rural Elites." Anthropology News. March, 2010, Section News: Culture and Agriculture, p.42.

Adams, Ryan T. (2008). "Large-Scale Mechanized Soybean Farmers in Amazônia: New Ways of Experiencing Land." Culture and Agriculture, Vol. 30 (1), Pp. 32-37.

Scouvart, Marie, Ryan Adams, M. Caldas, V. Dale, B. Mertens, V. Nédélec, P. Pacheco, B. Rihoux, E.F. Lambin. (2007). "Causes of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: a Qualitative Comparative Analysis." Journal of Land Use Science, Vol. 4 (2), Pp. 257-282.

Moran, Emilio, Ryan Adams, Bryn Bakoyéma, Stefano Fiorini, and Bruce Boucek. (2006). "Human Strategies for Coping with El Niño Related Drought in Amazônia." Climatic Change Vol. 77 (3-4), Pp. 343-361.

Brondizio, Eduardo, Stefano Fiorini and Ryan Adams (in press: expected 2010) "Environmental Anthropology" UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems - Cultural Anthropology. Paris, France: UNESCO