Alex Caton '15 | June 6, 2018
When Professor Jim McAdams registered for a visa in 2008 that would take him to Pyongyang, North Korea, he was surprised more people hadn’t signed up. “I thought, there must be tons of people who want to do this.”
There were not.
“I begged them to put me on the list.”
For a while, the only name on the list was A. James McAdams.
McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs at Notre Dame. I knew him in my undergraduate days as the director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, which bankrolls a lot of undergrad research trips to Europe and more than once brought my favorite gypsy jazz guitarist to Legends. Tom White ’14, a former research assistant and mutual friend, emphatically calls McAdams “the man.”
McAdams’ teaching and research in political science focuses on German reunification and European history. At the level of what he calls “big Notre Dame questions,” it deals with real-life attempts to create utopias and equally real regressions into hell. When we spoke in February, he was jolly and wearing a blue bubble vest, under a mop of dark hair that belies his age.
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