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Adam Bradford, PhD

Dean of the Graduate School

Office: Room 411, Museum Building

(208) 282-2490


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.


Bradford earned a PhD in English (American Literature) 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 ReviewPoe 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).

Bradford previously served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Study for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University.  He also served that institution as the 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.