Dr Adam Burns

Senior Lecturer in History

Adam Burns
Email address: A.Burns4@wlv.ac.ukPhone number: 01902 3517Location: MH124, Mary Seacole Building (MH)Faculty: Faculty of Social SciencesSchool/Institute: School of Social, Historical and Political StudiesAreas of expertise:

US foreign relations; late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century US history; the history of race/ethnicity in the USA; history education.


Adam joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2017 and contributes to a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in both History and War Studies. He previously taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle, as well as in secondary schools in Marlborough, Reading and Bristol.

Adam was the UK recipient of the Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History at the Monticello Teacher Institute in Virginia in 2016, and has recently written an article inspired by his experiences there. In 2017, Adam received a research grant from the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in the Netherlands, and was selected for a Wolverhampton Learning & Teaching Award to run a pilot project aimed at helping students interested in working in education. He is currently working on two book projects, both with projected publication dates in 2020. The first is a monograph exploring US imperial policy in the early-twentieth century and the second is a survey text on the history of the United States between 1865 and 1920.

Follow him on Twitter: @ADBHist

Research interests

Adam’s current areas of interest include: US foreign relations; late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century US history; history education, and rugby union in history and literature.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
  • 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)


  • EdD in Education, University of Leicester (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)


Books / Contributions to Collected Editions (Since 2010)

Burns, Adam. “Curriculum and Diversity,” in eds. P. Miller and C. Callender, Race, Education and Educational Leadership in England: An Integrated Analysis. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming, 2019).

Burns, Adam. “Farmers’ Alliance and People’s Party,” “Niagara Movement,” “NAACP,” “Progressive ‘Bull Moose’ Party,” and “Socialist Party of America,” in: B. Harward & S. Ainsworth eds., Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Organizations that Shaped America: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (forthcoming, late 2018).

Burns, Adam. “Economic Imperialism in Cuba, 1898-2017: Hegemony and Embargo,” in C. Grocott and J. Grady, eds., The Continuing Imperialism of Free Trade. London: Routledge (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy) (forthcoming, September 2018). ISBN: 978-1-1383-0108-5.

Burns, Adam. “Crown Colonies,” “Chartered Companies,” “Greater Britain” and “Social Darwinism,” in: M. Doyle ed., The British Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (forthcoming, July 2018). ISBN: 978-1-4408-4197-2

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 (Since 2010)

Burns, Adam. “Hosting Teacher Development at Historical Sites: The Benefits for Classroom Teaching,” Teaching History, 169 (December 2017): 35-42. ISSN: 0040-06109.

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,” 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) 

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 (Since 2010)

Burns, Adam. “The Two Anniversaries that Everybody’s Forgotten,” History News Network (HNN) (March 26, 2017)

Burns, Adam. “The Loser Takes It All: The Electoral College Strikes Again,” History News Network (HNN) (November 15, 2016)

Burns, Adam. “A fit of absence of mind?” Learning about British imperialism in the twenty-first century,” Frontier, 2 (June 2016): 16-19.

Burns, Adam. “Expanding Postgraduate Learning Communities,” Research Intelligence, 124 (August 2014): 16. ISSN: 0307-9023.

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).

Burns, Adam. “100 Years of a Presidential Baseball Tradition,” History News Network (HNN) (April 19, 2010)

Books Reviews and Review Articles (Since 2010)

Book Review: W.E.B. Du Bois, edited by Nahum Dimitri Chandler, The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Essential Early Essays, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015), reviewed for: European Journal of American Studies (November 2017). ISSN: 1991-9336.

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, 102:350 (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.

Further information

Recent External Academic Roles

US-UK Fulbright Award Reading Panellist (2018)

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

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

Article peer reviewer for the Journal of American History, European Journal of American Studies, Cambridge Journal of Education, and Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints (2014-present)