Adam McGee

Curriculum Vitae

As of March 2014, I am no longer updating this website.  For the most current information about me, please visit: http://www.adammichaelmcgee.com.  Thanks for your interest!

Adam McGee is a doctoral candidate in African and African American Studies.  Adam's dissertation research examines how representations of voodoo in American pop culture help to perpetuate anti-black racist beliefs.  Emphasizing film and television, as well as literature and cultural ephemera, Adam argues that voodoo serves as an outlet for the expression of white racist anxieties about the presence of black people in the Americas. Moreover, because it is usually found in low-brow entertainment (like horror) and rarely mentions race explicitly, voodoo is able to evade critique, continuing to disseminate racist messages within a culture that is now largely–albeit superficially–intolerant of overtly racist displays.  An interdisciplinary work, it finds productive intersections between cultural studies, religious studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

In addition to his cultural studies work, Adam has written extensively about the religious practices and beliefs of Haitian Vodou.  Adam has been published in Studies in Religion/Sciences ReligieusesDreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, and The Journal of Haitian Studies.  His work will soon appear in Gemini and the Sacred: Twins and Twinship in Religion and Myth (I.B. Taurus Press).

Adam is also the Editorial Assistant for Transition, an international review published by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research (formerly the DuBois Institute).
 
Adam was the 2012-13 Derek Bok Departmental Teaching Fellow for the Department of African and African American Studies, and has taught at Tufts University and Northeastern University.  In addition, he is on the Graduate Tutorial Board for the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.  He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, an A.M. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University, and an Honors B.A. in English from the University of Delaware.