Adam Fulton Johnson

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Graduate Student Liaison, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Ph.D. Student, History

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Science, Technology and Society (STS) Certificate Program
    • Science and Technology Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop
  • About

    Adam Fulton Johnson is interested in the history of the social and human sciences. Focusing on the history of anthropology, Adam is interested in nineteenth-century ethnology’s pursuit of racial, cultural, and historical knowledge about American Indian groups in the United States.  He is interested in anthropological and archaeological fieldwork as a documentary event, and how different participants in the ethnographic encounter conceptualized what could and could not be known.

    During the academic year 2014-2015, Adam’s research will be on nineteenth-century anthropological fieldworkers and the knowledge infrastructures that were used to train practitioners, circulate information, and link together individuals in a constellation that represented the early stages of the professionalization of anthropological science. His archival sources are located in libraries and institutions in Rochester, Washington, Ann Arbor, and Santa Fe.

  • Education
    • BA, Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College, 2007
    • SM, Architecture Studies - History, Theory + Criticism Section, MIT, 2011
  • Awards
    • Master of Science in Architecture Studies Prize for Thesis (MIT, 2011)
  • Grants
    • MISTI France Travel Grant – Assistant to Registrar at the Musée des Tissus, Lyon (MIT, Summer 2010)