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Dr. J.M. Adams


JM Adams is founder and director of The Institute for the Public Sphere, as well as a producer-director, an e-professor, a writer-editor, & a strategic consultant.


Adams is co-founder and a Board of Directors member at The New Centre for Research & Practice (2014-Present). They were co-founder  and co-director of the Michigan iteration of The Global Center for Advanced Studies (2013-2014). Adams was Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Williams College (2010-2012). They were also Managing Editor for the Johns Hopkins University Press journal, Theory & Event (2004-2010). Following serving as Producer for the documentary film "Badiou" (2018), Adams turned to philosophy-informed archival documentary filmmaking, and is working on a series of collage-centered essay-films including "Liquid Planet" (2022), "Horror Vacui" (2022), "Michael & Me" (2023), and "Guilded Age" (2023), to be released throughout the 2020s. 

Adams has been an invited speaker on theory, culture, and politics at a range of universities, research institutions, and art galleries in Athens, Belfast, Bogota, Erlangen, Graz, Honolulu, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York City, ​Prague, Seattle, and Vancouver, and has been teaching classes and seminars in the arts, media, and social sciences for over one decade. Following the award of one Ph.D. in Media & Communication (2012) and another in Political Science (2010), they have taught at a range of colleges and universities in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington.


Adams' book Occupy Time: Technoculture, Immediacy, & Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan) and the co-edited volume Deleuze & Race (Edinburgh University Press), were both released in 2013, soon to be followed by a book reinterpreting the work of the late French philosopher Paul Virilio: Virtual Virilio: Speed, Politics, Potentiality (Under Review, 2022). Aside from founding, filmmaking, teaching, and book publishing, Adams has been published and cited in boundary 2, Critical Inquiry, In These Times, Jacobin Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, New Political Science, The Quietus, Radical Philosophy, and The Washington Post, amongst other academic and popular periodicals.

Academic Administration

Academic Teaching

  • Instructor, Political Science, SCC; Seattle, WA (2018-Present)

  • Instructor, Gen Ed, KCAD; GR, MI (2014-2017)

  • Instructor, Comm & Lib Stud, GVSU; GR, MI (2012- 2014)

  • VAProf of Pol Theo, Williams College; Williamstown, MA (2011-2012)

  • VAProf of Pol Theo, ASU; Jonesboro, AR (2010-2011)

  • Grad Inst of Pol Sci, UH-Manoa; Honolulu, HI (2007-2010)

  • Grad Inst of Med & Comm, EGS; Saas-Fee, SZ (2006-2007)

Academic Education

  • PhD, Media & Comm, EGS; Saas-Fee, SZ (2004-2012)

  • PhD, Pol Sci, UH-Manoa; Honolulu, HI (2004-2010)

  • MA, Pol Sci, SFU;  Vancouver, CN (2002-2003)

  • BA, Politics & Change,TESC; Olympia, WA (2000-2002)


  • LMS/Webinar: Zoom, Blackboard; Canvas; Fuze; Google Apps for Education; Google Classroom; Google+ Hangouts; Moodle; YouTube Live

  • Software: Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Photoshop; Adobe In Design; Adobe Dreamweaver; Facebook; Google Docs; HootSuite; Mailchimp; MS Office; PayPal; Sprout Social; Twitter; Wordpress; Wufoo


Academic Publishing

  • Board Member, Review of Human Rights (2016-Present)

  • Board Member, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies (2015-Present)

  • Managing Editor, &&& (2013-Present)

  • Peer Review Referee, Theory & Event (2013-2014)

  • Peer Review Referee, Journal of Info Tech and Politics (2012)

  • Peer Review Referee, Women’s Studies Quarterly (2011)

  • Managing Editor, Theory & Event (2004- 2010)

  • Contributing Writer, In These Times (2012-Present)

  • Contributing Writer, PopMatters (2010-Present)

  • Contributing Writer, Souciant (2010-Present)


  • Director, Liquid Planet (2022)

  • Co-Director, Horror Vacui (2022)

  • Co-Producer, Badiou (2018) Nonetheless Productions, Dir. G. Kalyan


  • Virtual Virilio: Speed, Politics, Potentiality (Under Review, 2019)

  • Occupy Time: Technoculture, Immediacy, & Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

  • Deleuze and Race; J. Adams and A. Saldanha, Eds. (EUP, 2013)

Book Chapters

  • "Contemporary Continental Philosophy" in N. Jun, Ed. The Brill Companion to
    Anarchist Philosophy (London: Brill, 2016)

  • "Childhood's End: Inventing the Transgalactic" in V. Janoscik, V. Bohal, & D.
    Breitling, Eds. Reinventing Horizons (Prague: Display, 2016)

  • "Beyond the Mooc" w/ Mohammad Salemy & Tony Yanick in S. Hansen & T.
    Vandeputte, Eds. Politics of Study (London: Occasional Table / Open Editions, 2015)

  • “Internet”, “Technology”, “Time”, “Speed”, “Perception” and “State of Emergency”
    in J. Armitage, ed. The Virilio Dictionary (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,

  • “The King’s Two Faces: From Michael Jackson to the Postracial Presidency,”
    Deleuze and Race; J. Adams and A. Saldanha, eds. (under contract, January 2012,
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press)

  • “The Constellation of Opposition” in D. Rousselle and S. Evren, eds.
    Postanarchism: A Reader  (London: Pluto Press, 2011).

  • "The Aesthetics of Resistance" in H. von Amelunxen, ed. Paul Virilio: Grey
    Ecology (New York: Atropos Press, 2009)

Encyclopedia Articles


  • "Real-Time Communication Nodes" in Encyclopedia of Social Media & Politics (London:
    Sage, 2014)

  • “Liberal Organizations,” in G. Barnett & G. Golson, eds., Encyclopedia of Social
    Networking (London: Sage, 2011).

  • "United States Intellectual Property Policy" w/ Deborah Halbert & Subir Kole in
    Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local
    Government (New York: Facts on File, May 2011)

Journal Issues


  • "Ontological Anarche: Beyond Materialism & Idealism" co-edited with Duane
    Rousselle ADCS 13.2 (2013)

Journal Articles

  • "The Liquid State" Critical Inquiry (Feb 2016)

  • "Machines That Matter: Towards a Dynamist Mechanism" e-flux (July 2015)

  • "Nothing Universal is Human to Me" e-flux (July 2015)

  • "Frozen Waves" e-flux (June 2015)

  • "Phosphoric Reasons" e-flux (June 2015)

  • "Accelerationists for Auto-Creation" e-flux (May 2015)

  • "Total Control" e-flux (May 2015)

  • "Non-Time", The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College (March 2014)

  • “Materializing the Ideal and Idealizing the Material” w/ D. Rousselle ADCS 13.2 (2013)

  • “Occupy Time” Radical Philosophy 171 (Jan/Feb 2012)

  • “Beyond Adbusters” Souciant (Dec. 8, 2011)

  • “Occupy Time”, Critical Inquiry (November 2011)

  • "Only a Stranger at Home: Urban Indigeneity and the Ontopolitics of International
    Relations," Affinities: Journal of Radical Theory, Culture and Action 4:3 (Fall, 2011)

  • "Infancy and History: The Destruction of Experience”, Rhizomes 22:1 (2011) (Review)

  • "The Speeds of Ambiguity: An Interview With Paul Virilio", boundary 2 37:1 (2010)

  • “Straying From the Script: The Politics of Truth in Stuart Townsend's ‘Battle in Seattle’”,
    Bad Subjects (Winter, 2009)

  • "To Place Oneself Within a 'We'" Theory & Event 11:4 (2008)

  • "Denaturalizing 'Natural Disaster': New Orleans as La Ville Panique" CTheory, 45:1 (2006)

  • "Redrawing the 'Imaginary Lines': Exceptional Space in an Exceptional Time"
    Borderlands 5:2 (2006)

  • "Paul and the Government of the Soul: Reading the Modern Citizen-Subject in the
    Early 'Christian' Archive" Journal of Philosophy and Scripture 3:1 (2006)

  • "Anti-Globalization: The Global Fight for Local Autonomy" New Political Science
    25:1 (2003)

Magazine Articles

  • "#MLK Day" In These Times (Jan. 23, 2013)

  • “Digital MLK” TruthOut (Jan 22, 2013)

  • “The Center is the Loop: An Interview With John Stanier of ‘Battles”’ PopMatters (Sep.12, 2011)

  • "On the Radical Inseparability of High Theory and Low Theory: A Critical Review of David Graeber's 'Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology'" Greenpepper Magazine (September 2004)

  • “Proletariat or Multitude? A Critique of (Hardt & Negri’s) ‘Empire’” Infoshop News (May 16, 2003)

  • “The Reembedding of the War Machine” Interactivist (Apr. 24, 2003)

  • “The Constellation of Opposition” Interactivist (Feb. 13, 2003)

  • “Blur: How the Shift to the Network Paradigm
 Gives Grassroots Movements the Upper Hand” Infoshop News (October 19, 2002)

  • "Non-Western Anarchisms" I Özgür Hayat 1:2 May 16 , 2002, translated by Hale Alpmen 

  • "Non-Western Anarchisms" II Özgür Hayat 1:3 June 1, 2002, translated by Hale Alpmen

  • "Non-Western Anarchisms" III Özgür Hayat, 1:4 June 15, 2002, translated by Hale Alpmen

  • "Non-Western Anarchisms" IV Özgür Hayat, 1:5 July 1, 2002, translated by Hale Alpmen

  • "Non-Western Anarchisms" V Özgür Hayat, 1:6 July 16, 2002, translated by Murat Düzenli

  • "Non-Western Anarchisms" VI Özgür Hayat, 1:7 August 1, 2002, translated by Murat

  • "Non-Western Anarchisms" VII Özgür Hayat, 1:8 August 16, 2002, translated by Murat

  • “WSF 2002: Hopes for a True International” Z Magazine (Feb. 13, 2002)

  • “Global Solidarity Slaps the WTO Off Its Rails” Industrial Worker (97:1 2000)

  • “A Dark and Bloody Ground” Industrial Worker (1999)

Academic Research

  • Res. Assistant Dr. Ian Angus, Dep of Hum, SFU (2002-2003)

  • Res. Assistant, Dr. Peter Kardas, TESC, LERC (2000-2002)


  • "Childhood's End: Ten Theses on Speed, Strategy, and Planetarity" at Rethinking
    Horizons, Display, Prague, Czech Republic April 2016 (Invited Speaker w/ Honorarium)

  • "After Representation: Genres of Sense", The New School for Social Research, New York City, USA December 2015 (Discussant, w/ Tony Yanick, Ben Woodard, Tom McGlynn)

  • "Alien Aesthetics" Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia August 2015

  • Knowledge Forms and Forming Knowledge - Limits and Horizons of Transdisciplinary Art-Based Research, IZK Institute for Contemporary Art/ Graz University of Technology,
    Graz, Austria, July 2015

  • "Repeating Recessions: Monism, Pluralism and Rationalism After the Crisis", "Gilles
    Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom Conference"; Panteion University,
    the University of Athens & Aristotle University, Athens, Greece, April 24-26, 2015 (Invited)

  • “Marx’s Philosophy of Time: Acceleration, Deceleration & Immediacy”, "First International Seminar on the 150th Anniversary of Capital (1867-2017): The Thought of Marx in the 21st Century", Escuela Superior de Administración Pública, Bogotá, Colombia, November 6, 2014 (w/ honorarium) 

  • “Live Theory: Parallax Futures of the General Intellect” Zizek Studies Conference,
    University of Cincinnati, April 4-6, 2014 (with honorarium)

  • “Live Theory: Parallax Futures of the General Intellect”, Book talk, Department of
    Philosophy, Missouri State University, April 2, 2014 (with honorarium) 

  • “Kairopolitics: Digital Media and Realtime Resistance After Occupy Wall Street”, Marlboro College, May 8, 2012. (with honorarium) 

  • “Occupying the Virtual: Questions for Stephanie Rothenberg’s ‘Best Practices in Banana Time’”, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MOCA), December 1, 2011

  • "What's Wrong With the Digital Public Sphere? The Arab Spring as Social Media
    Spectacle", Invited by International Studies Program, Williams College, October 4, 2011

  • “Introduction to Critical IR Theory,” Invited by Prof. Rollin Tusalem, POSC 63333:
    International Relations Theory, Arkansas State University; October 2010

  • “Knowledge and Power in the Battle of Seattle,” Introduction to Stuart Townsend’s
    “Battle in Seattle” (2008), Invited by Viewpoints Film Series, Hawaii Pacific University, September 2009

  • “Affect, Hope and Fear: an Introduction to Spinoza’s Theory of Power”, Invited by
    Lorenzo Rinelli, POL 110: Introduction to Political Science, University of Hawaii, April 2008.

  • "Bergson's Philosophy of Perception as Political Theory: Or, How I Learned to Stop
    Worrying and Love John Boorman's 'Deliverance'," Colloquium, Invited by University
    of Hawaii, Department of Political Science; Honolulu, Hawaii; February, 2007

  • "Race and Taste: Dave Chapelle's 'Purple Drink' Routine" Invited by Prof. Nevzat Soguk, POL 630 International Relations, University of Hawaii, Department of Political Science; Honolulu, Hawaii: October 2006

  • "Media/Technology/Territory: A Theoretical Survey From Tolstoy to Agamben" Invited by Prof. Serena Hashimoto, Hawaii Pacific University; Honolulu, Hawaii; November 2004

  • "George Katsiaficas" introduction to the keynote speaker at the "British Columbia
    Political Science Association Conference," Invited by BCPSA, Vancouver, Canada;
    May 2003

  • “Telepedagogy Unplugged: Para-Academia and the Mobile Intellectual” w/ Paul
    Wittenbraker, “Media Ecology Association Conference”, Grand Valley State University,
    Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 2013

  • “Live Theory and Constant Capitalism After Occupy Wall Street” paper at “Western
    Political Science Association Conference”, Portland, OR, March 2012

  • “Kairos and Kronos: Digital Media, OWS and the Politics of Time” paper at “Midwest
    Political Science Association Conference”, Chicago, IL, April 2011

  • “Confessing Neoliberalism: Global Social Media as a ‘Technology of the Self’” paper
    at “International Studies Association Conference”, San Diego, California, April 2012

  • “Liberalism’s Exception: Social Media, Public Administration and the Global
    Unconcealing of ‘Democracies Against Democracy’” paper at “Public Administration
    Theory Network 24th Annual Conference”, Norfolk, Virginia, May 2011. 

  • “The King’s Two Faces: or, Nonwhiteness, From Michael Jackson to the Postracial
    Presidency”, presentation at “Deleuze & Race: Postracialism, Phenotype, Politics”
    roundtable at “Cultural Studies Association Conference,” Chicago, Illinois; March 2011

  • “The Egyptian Uprisings and the Impact of Social Media”, presentation at ASU “Open Forum on the Tunisian and Egyptian Uprisings”, Jonesboro, Arkansas, February 2011.

  • “Who Are ‘We’? Samuel Huntington and the Political Temporality of the Taco Truck Wars,” “Western Political Science Association Conference,” San Francisco, California, April 2010

  • "W.E.B. DuBois and the Neuropolitics of Listening," "A Return to the Senses: Political Theory and the Sensorium" Trent University,  Peterborough, Ontario, May 2009

  • "Indigeneity and Postwar American Citizenship: Sherman Alexie’s 'the Business of
    Fancydancing'," "International Studies Association Conference," San Francisco,
    California, March 2008

  • "Only a Stranger at Home: Urban Indigeneity and the Ontopolitics of International
    Relations," "International Studies Association Conference" San Francisco, California, March 2008 

  • "'We Built This City on Rock & Roll': Listening to the Becoming-Minoritarian of the
    American Citizen-Subject," (w/John Maus) "Western Political Science Association
    Conference," San Diego, California, February 2008

  • "'I Would Prefer Not to': Bartleby and the Politics of Potentiality," "Giorgio Agamben
    Roundtable," "Cultural Studies Association Conference" Portland State University;
    Portland, Oregon; April 2007 

  • "(Inter)national Population Management 101: Henri Bergson and the Re-visioning
    of the 'American' Citizen-Subject," "International Studies Association Conference"
    Hilton Chicago; Chicago, Illinois; March 2007

  • "Prolegomena to an Aesthetics of 'Inauthentic Authenticity': Postrock and the Politics
    of Popular Music in Hawaii," European Graduate School; Saas-Fee, Switzerland;
    August 2006

  • "The Governmentality of Sonority: Composing the Modern Citizen-Subject in Sound," "International Studies Association Conference" Town & Country Resort and Convention Center; San Diego, California; March 2006

  • "From Heidegger to Deleuze: The Political Ontology of Andrew Niccol's Gattaca," European Graduate School; Saas-Fee, Switzerland; August 2005

  • "Performing the 'World Political Event': Lessons from the Theater of War in Germany, the United States and Japan," "International Studies Association Conference"; Hilton Hawaiian Village; Honolulu, Hawaii; March 2005

  • "Borders of Violence: Exceptional Space as the Apotheosis of Organized Domination," "Border//Crossings: Media-Culture-Economy Conference"; University of Erlangen; Erlangen, Germany; November 2004

  • "Popular Defense in the Empire of Speed: Paul Virilio and the Phenomenology of
    the Political Body," "Desiring Dissent Conference"; Essex University; London, United
    Kingdom; May 2004

  • "The Cultural Politics of Global Technology" "Does Culture Matter? Conference",
    Simon Fraser University; Vancouver, Canada; February 2004

​Organized Panel & Individual Presentations

  • "Machines That Matter" (Science Fiction Panel) w/ Renata Morais (via Skype),
    Ben Woodard, Ed Keller, McKenzie Wark, and Mark Dery, e-flux, New York City,
    USA December 2015 

  • "Badiou on Badiou: Presentation by Alain Badiou", Kendall College of Art & Design,
    Grand Rapids, Michigan; July 2014

  • “Delta Music and Film Culture as American Political Thought”, featuring projects
    by ASU graduate and undergraduate students, under consideration for “Delta
    Symposium Conference”, Jonesboro, Arkansas; March 2011. 

  • “Open Forum on the Tunisian and Egyptian Uprisings” (co-organized with Dr. Charles Hartwig: featuring presentations by Rollin Tusalem on the youth bulge and Jason Adams aon the role of social media),  February, 2011.

  • “Deleuze & Race: Postracialism, Phenotype, Politics”, “Cultural Studies Association
    Conference,” Chicago, Illinois; March 2011 (Amit S. Rai, discussant; featuring Arun
    Saldanha, Brianne Gallagher, Sam Opondo, Susan Park and Jason Adams).

  • “Autonomy and Anti-Essentialism” Panel Chair; Midwestern Political Science
    Association; Chicago, IL; April 2012

  • "National Identity, Nationalism and Nation Formation" Panel Chair, International
    Studies Association Conference "Town & Country     Resort and Convention Center;
    San Diego, California; March 2007

  • “Autonomy and Anti-Essentialism” Panel Discussant; Midwestern Political Science
    Association; Chicago, IL; April 2012

  • "Aristophanes and Politics" Panel Discussant; Society for Greek Political Thought;
    "American Political Science Association Conference"; Marriot Wardman Park;
    Washington, DC; September 2005

Coverage (News)

Citations (Books)

Citations (Journals)

Extracurricular Experience

  • Volunteer, Chiapas Media Project (2001)

  • Featured interviewee, UW WTO History Project (1999)

  • Americorps VISTA, Seattle Tenants Union STOP (1998-1999)

Professional Memberships

  • Media Ecology Association (2013-present)

  • Midwestern Political Science Association (2011-present)

  • Cultural Studies Association (2007-present)

  • Western Political Science Association (2007-present)

  • American Political Science Association (2006-present)

  • International Studies Association (2002-present)

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