Jim Adams received his three degrees in economics (AB summa cum laude, AM, and PhD) from Harvard University. In 1973, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where his current title is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics. Adams has won numerous prizes for his teaching, including the Amoco Foundation Award and the Golden Apple Award. The University of Michigan nominated him in 2007 for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award, bestowed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and then in 2008 for the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, sponsored by the Presidents’ Council of the State Universities of Michigan. In his research, Adams has ranged broadly, from public policies toward business in the United States to economic integration in Europe. His monograph, Restructuring the French Economy: Government and the Rise of Market Competition since World War II, is cited by economists, historians, and political scientists on both sides of the Atlantic. Adams has served the University of Michigan in numerous administrative capacities, including as Director of the Center for West European Studies and as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. He has held visiting professorships at Harvard, Aix-Marseille, Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, the European University Institute in Florence, Basel, and Paris Dauphine. He has been affiliated with the Brookings Institution in Washington, the Council on Foreign Relations in Chicago, and the Jean Monnet Foundation in Switzerland. He has advised the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Ambassador to France, and several foreign policy departments of the U.S. government. In 2007, he delivered the Guido Carli Lecture at LUISS in Rome.
Part of the "The European Economic Crisis and its Political Dimensions."