Paul S Adams, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Political Science

Paul Simon Adams, PhD, specializes in comparative politics and international relations, specifically the study of the politics of Europe, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the European Union, corporatism, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, as well as American foreign policy and international organizations. He is Affiliated Faculty of the Jean Monnet  European Union Center of Excellence and Center for European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (Oakland Campus). Dr. Adams is the faculty advisor to the Pitt-Greensburg Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. He is also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society. He has authored or co-authored chapters in New Directions in Comparative Politics (2002), Authoritarianism and Corporatism in Latin America Revisited (2004), Globalization: Universal Trends, Regional Implications (2008), The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (2016), The Impact of Natural Disasters on Systemic Political and Social Inequities in the United States (2020), and The 2020 Presidential Election: Key Issues and Regional Dynamics (2022).  He has co-edited the texts Western Europe and the United States: Foundations of Comparative Politics (2005) and The Impact of Natural Disasters on Systemic Political and Social Inequities in the United States (2020). Other published work has appeared in Perceptions Journal of International Affairs, H-Net – Humanities and Social Sciences Online, EUSA Review, Utica College Center of Public Affairs Online, and Juxta. He currently is working on a book regarding governance of Northern Ireland in the post-Brexit environment. Dr. Adams came to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2006 after a visiting position at the University of Richmond. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and served as Division Chair of Behaviorial Sciences between 2014 and 2023.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Political Science - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • M.A. in International Affairs - Florida State University
  • B.A. in International Studies - George Mason University