Josh Adair


Dr. Josh Adair

Dr. Josh Adair

Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Gender and Diversity Studies

7B-14 Faculty Hall, Murray State University, Murray KY 42071-3341

"What I most fervently wish to communicate in my teaching of any subject is the interconnectedness of all things. When we draw arbitrary lines between subjects we limit perception, experience and possibility. Striving to defamiliarize the familiar, whether it be the reading of a favorite poem or learning to view a beloved film critically, I coax students toward embracing a multiplicity of perspectives and seeing intersectionality in all things."


  • Ph.D., English, Northern Illinois University
  • M. A., English, Western Illinois University
  • B.A., British and American Literature, Blackburn College
  • Graduate Certificates, Northern Illinois University
    • LGBT Studies
    • Museum Studies
    • Women's Studies

Highlighted Publications

Courses Taught

Areas of Specialization

  • Design History
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Literary Theory
  • Modern, Contemporary British 
  • Literature
  • Museum Studies
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Awards and Distinctions

  • Murray State Faculty Development Grant, 2016.
  • Murray State Outstanding Research Award, 2016.
  • Golden Key Fellowship, 2015.
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award, 2014.
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Service Award, 2013.
  • Regents Residential College Faculty of the Year, 2012.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Association of Museums
  • Modern Language Association
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • National Women's Studies Association

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