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Adam Bradford, PhD

Dean of the Graduate School & Professor of English

Office: Room 411, Museum Building

(208) 282-2490

adambradford@isu.edu

Adam Bradford is Dean of the Graduate School at Idaho State University. As a comprehensive university, Idaho State’s eight college’s boast well over 100 graduate degree and certificate granting programs ranging from Nuclear Science and Engineering to Theater.  It is also the state’s lead institution for degrees in health professions and medical education.  With world renowned faculty and with graduate students from all over the United States and the world, ISU serves the state, nation, and world as a leader in graduate education.

 

Full Bio

Adam C. Bradford joined Idaho State University as Dean of the Graduate School in February 2020. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the Graduate School at Idaho State University, Dr. Bradford served as Associate Dean of Graduate Study for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University from 2017 to 2020.  He also served that institution as the Founding Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department Head of the Department of Philosophy, the Chair of the University Graduate Programs Committee, a member of the University Graduate Council, and Associate Chair of the Department of English.

Dr. Bradford is also Professor of English in the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State. He earned a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. He also holds an MA in English from Brigham Young University, and a BA in English from the University of Utah.  Dr. Bradford specializes in the literature and culture of the 19th Century U.S., with particular interests in the poetry, print culture, and social rituals of the period.  He is the author of Communities of Death: Whitman, Poe, and the American Culture of Mourning (University of Missouri Press, 2014).  His scholarly work has also appeared in journals such as College Literature, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, the Edgar Allan Poe Review, Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation, and the Mickle Street Review, as well as in edited collections such as Sentimentalism in Nineteenth-Century America:  Literary and Cultural Practices (Farleigh-Dickinson University Press, 2013) and Whitman in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Dr. Bradford received the 2018 Gargano Prize for his essay, “‘Any Peculiar Taste or Prepossession’?: Poe and the Antebellum Registers of Authorial Interpretation.”

As a comprehensive university, Idaho State’s eight college’s boast well over 100 graduate degree and certificate granting programs ranging from Nuclear Science and Engineering to Theater.  It is also the   lead institution for degrees in health professions and medical education.  With world renowned faculty and with graduate students from all over the United States and the world, ISU serves the state, nation, and world as a leader in graduate education. Dr. Bradford is honored to be able to serve the diverse students and stakeholders of Idaho State University by fostering a climate of graduate research and increasing opportunities for the talented students that people the institution’s programs.