I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Bradley University (Peoria, IL; 2017-present). Before Bradley, I worked at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) for nine years. At NEIU, I served as the Director of Graduate Studies (2011-2014) and Chair of Communication, Media and Theatre (2014-2017). I also was named the 2017 Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor, the highest research award at NEIU.

I received an A.S. from Danville Area Community College (Danville, IL), a B.A. and a M.S. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida (Tampa). I attended private Catholic school from age four until eighteen, worked as a bartender near Yellowstone National Park, and have been a vegetarian since 1998. I enjoy softball too. 

I teach courses about interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, communication theory, and sex, gender, and sexuality. As an instructor, I try to create safe and inclusive learning environments, spaces that encourage and accommodate diverse views.

I have written two books–Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire (Routledge) and Autoethnography (Oxford University Press)–and I have co-edited four books: the Handbook of Autoethnography (Routledge), On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss (Sense Publishers), Doing Autoethnography (Sense Publishers), and International Perspectives on Autoethnographic Research and Practice (Routledge). I also co-edit the Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives book series (Routledge) and the Journal of Autoethnography (University of California Press).

CLICK HERE for my Curriculum Vita (October 2020).

Contact Information

Tony E. Adams, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication
Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Ave., CGCC 300
Peoria, Illinois 61625

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