Dr Adam Burns

Senior Lecturer in History

Adam Burns
Email address: a.burns4@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323517 Location: MH124, Mary Seacole Building (MH), WV1 1AN Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: School of Social, Historical and Political Studies Areas of expertise: US foreign relations; US and British imperialism; the history of race/ethnicity in the USA; history eduction;student satisfaction in Higher Education

About

Adam joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2017. Over the last decade, he has taught at a variety of institutions, including the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Leicester, as well as in secondary schools in Marlborough, Reading and Bristol (in the latter two schools, as head of department). He has been enrolled as a full- or part-time student for nearly sixteen years, studying for his BA, PGCE and MEd at the University of Birmingham (with a year at McGill University, Montreal), his MSc and PhD at the University of Edinburgh, and he is currently studying part-time for an EdD at the University of Leicester.

In 2008 Adam took part in the HCA Spring Academy at the University of Heidelberg, in 2010 he was selected for the Fulbright Commission’s American Studies Summer Institute at New York University, and in 2016 he was the UK recipient of the Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History at the Monticello Teacher Institute in Virginia. During his postgraduate studies, he received funding and research scholarships from a variety of sponsors, including the following: Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Association for American Studies, Roosevelt Study Center (Middleburg, Neths.), Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and Eccles Centre at the British Library.

Follow him on Twitter: @ADBHist

Academic qualifications

EdD in Education, University of Leicester (in progress, projected end 2017)

MEd in Education Studies (with distinction), University of Birmingham (2011)

PhD in History, University of Edinburgh (2010)

MSc in History (with distinction), University of Edinburgh (2006)

PGCE in History and Citizenship, University of Birmingham (2005)

BA (Hons) American and Canadian Studies (1st Class), University of Birmingham (2004)

Research interests

Adam has wide-ranging research interests, most recently exploring the history of US imperialism and expansionism, and the teaching of British imperialism in English schools. He is currently working on several different publications, including further work that builds upon his graduate research, a book chapter on US-Cuban relations, and encyclopaedia entries on British imperialism and US politics.

Adam’s current areas of interest include: US foreign relations; US and British imperialism, late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century US and British history; the history of race/ethnicity in the USA; history education; feedback, assessment and student satisfaction in Higher Education.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
  • Member of the British Educational Leadership, Management  & Administration Society (BELMAS)
  • Member of the British Fulbright Scholars Association (BFSA)
  • Member of Historians of the Twentieth-Century United States (HOTCUS)
  • Member of the Royal Historical Society (RHS)
  • Member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Qualifications

  • EdD in Education, University of Leicester (in progress, projected end 2017)
  • MEd in Education Studies (with distinction), University of Birmingham (2011)
  • PhD in History, University of Edinburgh (2010)
  • MSc in History (with distinction), University of Edinburgh (2006)
  • PGCE in History and Citizenship, University of Birmingham (2005)
  • BA (Hons.) American and Canadian Studies (1st Class), University of Birmingham (2004)

Publications

Books / Contributions to Collected Editions

Burns, Adam. American Imperialism: The Territorial Expansion of the United States, 1783-2013. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4744-0214-9.

Burns, Adam. “Taft, William Howard,” pp.850-851 in: C. Magoc & D. Bernstein, eds., Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, Volume 3. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-61069-429-2.

Burns, Adam. “Half a Southerner: President Theodore Roosevelt, African Americans and the South,” pp. 198-215 in S. Ricard, ed., A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4443-3140-0.

Articles

Burns, Adam and Gallimore, Robert. “Duplicated Debacles? Comparing the 1895-96 Jameson Raid and the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion,” The Historian, 132. (February 2017): 22-27. ISSN: 0265-1076.

Burns, Adam. “My Empire is of the Imagination: History Student Perceptions of the British Empire in Secondary School,” International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research, 14:1 (December 2016): 93-112. ISSN: 1472-9466.

Burns, Adam. “Imperial Designs: Studying the History of the British Empire in the Sixth Form,” in Becky Morris, Tom Perry and Michael Hand, eds., Papers from the [13th University of Birmingham] Education Doctoral Research Conference (March 2015): 24-34. ISBN: 978-0-7044-2856-0.

Burns, Adam. “The Jewel in the Curriculum: Teaching the History of the British Empire,” International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research, 12:2 (November 2014): 109-121. ISSN: 1472-9466.

Burns, Adam. “Adapting to Empire: William H. Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Philippines, 1900-1908,” Comparative American Studies, 11:4 (December 2013): 418-433. ISSN: 1477-5700.

Burns, Adam. “Negotiating Feedback: Lecturer Perceptions of Feedback Dissatisfaction [in a university History department],” Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 6 (November 2013): 1-15. ISSN: 1759-667X.

Burns, Adam. “Retentionist in Chief: William Howard Taft and the Question of Philippine Independence, 1912-1916,” Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, 61:2 (June 2013): 163-192. ISSN: 2244-1093.

Burns, Adam. “A New Pacific Border: William H. Taft, the Philippines, and Chinese Immigration, 1898-1903,” Comparative American Studies, 9:4 (December 2011): 309-324. ISSN: 1477-5700.

Burns, Adam. “Winning ‘Hearts and Minds’: American Imperial Designs of the Early Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries,” History & Policy (October 2011) available at: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/papers/policy-paper-123.html

Burns, Adam. “Without Due Process: Albert E. Pillsbury and the Hoar Anti-Lynching Bill,” American Nineteenth Century History, 11:2 (June 2010): 233-252. ISSN: 1466-4658.

Short Articles and Op-eds

Burns, Adam. “The Two Anniversaries that Everybody’s Forgotten,” History News Network (HNN) (March 26, 2017) available at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165482

Burns, Adam. “The Loser Takes It All: The Electoral College Strikes Again,” History News Network (HNN) (November 15, 2016) available at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/164414

Burns, Adam. “A fit of absence of mind?” Learning about British imperialism in the twenty-first century,” Frontier, 2 (June 2016): 16-19, available at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/gradschool/current/frontier/issue-two

Burns, Adam. “Expanding Postgraduate Learning Communities,” Research Intelligence, 124 (August 2014): 16. ISSN: 0307-9023, available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/researchers-resources/publications/summer-2014

Burns, Adam. “April 1912 Didn't Just See the Sinking of the Titanic -- The Fortunes of the GOP Sank, Too,” History News Network (HNN) (April 2, 2012) available at: http://hnn.us/articles/april-1912-didnt-just-see-sinking-titantic-fortunes-gop-sank-too

Burns, Adam. “100 Years of a Presidential Baseball Tradition,” History News Network (HNN) (April 19, 2010) available at: http://www.hnn.us/articles/125434.html

Burns, Adam. “2008 Is a Long Ways Away from 1908, But Still…” History News Network (HNN) (November 3, 2008) available at: http://hnn.us/articles/56193.html

Book Reviews and Review Articles

Book Review: Zeese Papanikolas, An American Cakewalk: Ten Syncopators of the Modern World, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015), reviewed for: History: The Journal of the Historical Association (April 2017): 346-348. ISSN: 1468-229X.

Book Review: Alyosha Goldstein (Ed.), Formations of United States Colonialism, (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014), reviewed for: History: The Journal of the Historical Association 101:344 (January 2016): 166-168. ISSN: 1468-229X.

Book Review: Kenneth Baker, 14-18: A New Vision for Secondary School, (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), reviewed for: Educational Management Administration & Leadership 43:2 (March 2015): 343-344. ISSN: 1741-1432.

Book Review: Jonathan Lurie, William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), reviewed for: Journal of American Studies 47:4 (November 2013): e104. EISSN: 1469-5154.

Book Review: Susan K. Harris, God’s Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), reviewed for: Journal of American Studies 46:3 (August 2012): 774-775. ISSN: 0021-8758.

Book Review: Erika Lee and Judy Yung, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), reviewed for: American Studies Today (March 2012). ISSN: 2044-804X.

Book Review: Ian Tyrrell, Reforming the World: The Creation of America’s Moral Empire, (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2010), reviewed for: Journal of American Studies 46:1 (February 2012): e8. EISSN: 1469-5154.

Review Article: Burns, Adam [with Matthew Dziennik, Robert Mason, Finn Pollard] ‘The United States of America,’ Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 95 (2011): 115-148. ISSN: 1467-8314.

Review Article: Burns, Adam [with Matthew Dziennik, Robert Mason, Finn Pollard] ‘The United States of America,’ Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 94 (2010): 171-206. ISSN: 1467-8314.

Book Review: Dylan Rodriguez, Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009), reviewed for: Journal of American Studies 44:3 (August 2010): 645-646. ISSN: 0021-8758.

Review Article: Burns, Adam [with Matthew Dziennik, Robert Mason, Finn Pollard] ‘The United States of America,’ Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 93 (2009): 147-175. ISSN: 1467-8314.

Book Review: Paul Kramer, The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006), reviewed for: Journal of American Studies 43:1 (April 2009): 142-143. ISSN: 0021-8758.

Review Article: Burns, Adam [with Robert Mason, Kirsten Phimister, Finn Pollard] ‘The United States of America,’ Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 92 (2008): 168-194. ISSN: 1467-8314.

Book Review: Christopher Waldrep and Michael Bellesiles (eds.), Documenting American Violence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), reviewed for: American Studies Today 17 (September 2008). ISSN: 2044-804X.

Book Review: Maureen A. Flanagan, America Reformed: Progressives and Progressivisms 1890s-1920s (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), reviewed for: American Politics Review 50 (December 2007).

Further information

External Academic Roles

Editorial Board Member for Management in Education (2016-present)

Doctoral Writing Workshop Tutor, University of Leicester (2015)

Congress to Campus Schools’ Liaison, BAAS/British Library (2015-2017)

Article peer reviewer for the Journal of American History, Cambridge Journal of Education, Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, Management in Education, and The Bridge: Journal of Educational Research-Informed Practice (2014-present)

Editor of The Bridge: Journal of Educational Research-Informed Practice (2014-2016)

Co-editor of Research Intelligence (the magazine of the British Educational Research Association) (2014)

British Educational Research Association Postgraduate Conference Convenor (2013-2014)

PGCE Humanities Tutor, University of Leicester (2013)

Fulbright Reading Panellist (2013)

Fulbright Commission Black History Month Project Coordinator (2011)