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Biographical Profile - William James Adams

Born in New York City and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Jim Adams received three degrees in economics from Harvard University (AB summa cum laude, AM, and PhD). He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1973 and is currently a professor of economics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). Adams has won numerous prizes for his teaching, including the Amoco Foundation Award, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, and the Golden Apple Award. 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 capacities, including as Director of the Center for West European Studies, as a member of LSA's Executive Committee, and as LSA's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Outside the University of Michigan, he has held visiting professorships at Harvard, Aix-Marseille, Paris, the European University Institute in Florence, and Basel. He has been affiliated with the Brookings Institution in Washington, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, 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. The father of two sons, Jim Adams is married to Barbara Adams, a professor of pediatrics and the director of pediatric rheumatology at the University of Michigan Medical School.  | 
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