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Charles  Adams

Charles Adams

Charles Adams
Dean of the Honors College


Office: ALN 241
Phone: 813/974-3087



Charles Adams is Professor of English and Dean of the USF Honors College. He joined USF in 2014 from the University of Arkansas where he served as Chair of the Department of English, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and, most recently, Senior Director of International Education for the campus. He took his B.A. degree in English and Philosophy from Tulane University, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Language and Literature at the University of Virginia. His specialty is Early American Literature with interests in Native American, African American, and World Literatures. He has published two books, “The Guardian of the Law”: Authority and Identity in James Fenimore Cooper (Penn State Press), and a critical edition of The Narrative of Robert Adams: A Barbary Captive (Cambridge University Press). A third book, an annotated translation of a novel by the nineteenth-century German writer Friedrich Gerst├Ącker, is under contract with Berghahn Press. He has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews on various topics in American literature. He has a strong interest in international education, having served as Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Bonn, and directed study abroad programs to Japan, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Specialty Area

Early American Literature