Tulane Sociology

Michele Adams (CV)

Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of California, Riverside)

204 Newcomb Hall
Phone: (504)862-3015
Fax: (504)865-5544

Research Interests

Family, gender, and culture, particularly relating to gender arrangements in families, cultural "family values" wars, relationship formation, marriage, and divorce. Other research interests include parental alienation syndrome and family promotion movements.

Current Research Projects

At the present time, I am working on two main research projects. The first is a book project that examines the socio-historical construction of "family values" over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, addressing how movements for women's rights in each century inadvertently drive competing counter movements promoting marriage and family. My second main research focus is a study of the trajectory of relationships formed through on-line dating venues, in which I examine changes in gender attitudes and practice as those relationships transition off-line and into long-term face-to-face romantic unions.  


Selected Publications


Adams, Michele. In Press. "Is Family A Moral Capital Resource for Female Politicians? The Case of ABC's Commander in Chief." Accepted for publication in Media, Culture, and Society.  
Pyke, Karen, and Michele Adams. In Press."What's Age Got to Do With It? A Case Study Analysis of Power and Gender in Husband-Older Marriages." Accepted for publication in Journal of Family Issues.  


Tsunokai, Glenn T., Augustine Kposowa, and Michele Adams. In Press. "Racial Preferences in Internet Dating: A Comparison of Four Birth Cohorts." Accepted for publication in The Western Journal of Black Studies.  


Adams, Michele. 2009. "Engendering Family Past: 19th Century Pro-Family Discourse through a Feminist Historical Lens." Pp. 234-248 in S.A. Lloyd, A. Few, & K. Allen (eds.), Handbook of Feminist Family Studies. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.  


Coltrane, Scott, and Michele Adams. 2008. Gender and Families, 2nd edition. Gender Lens Series. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.  


Adams, Michele. 2007. "Women's Rights and Wedding Bells: 19th Century Pro-Family Rhetoric and (Re)Enforcement of the Gender Status Quo." Journal of Family Issues 28(4): 501-528.

Courses Taught

Social Theory (SOCI 322)
Issues in Sociology of Family (SOCI 620)
 Dr. Michele Adams
 Sociology of Family (Soci 103)

Tulane University, Department of Sociology, 220 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5820