Anthropology: Associate Professor and Department Chair
Archaeology: Associate Professor of Anthropology
Special Interest: Alternative food movements, environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, Latin America, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ryan Adams is an anthropologist with research sites in Puerto Rico, Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Brazilian Amazon. Adams’ primary areas of research interest are centered on people and their relationship to food, farming and the environment. He has conducted ethnographic analyses of large-scale landowners in the Amazon, who are mostly soybean farmers and cattle ranchers in Santarém, Pará State, Brazil. His current work examines alternative food movements, such as organic and local food advocacy, in Brooklyn and Puerto Rico.
Past projects include an analysis of El Niño related drought events, a study of organic farming in Bloomington, Ind., 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.
Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and environmental science, and a master’s and doctorate in anthropology, from Indiana University.
Adams, Ryan T. (2016) “Local and Organic Food Movements” in Routledge International Handbook of Environmental Anthropology, Helen Kopnina and Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet (eds). Chapter 26. New York, NY: Routledge International Press. Pp. 329-343.
Brondizio, Eduardo, Ryan Adams, and Stefano Fiorini (2016) “Environmental Anthropology” Chapter 2, Routledge International Handbook of Environmental Anthropology, Helen Kopnina and Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet (eds). Chapter 2. New York, NY: Routledge International Press. Pp. 10-30.
Adams, Ryan T. (2015). Becoming “Environmentally Responsible” Soybean Farmers: Neoliberal Environmentality in Santarém. CAFE: Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment. 37(2): 84-95.
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.
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.