Julia Adams, Head of College
Julia Adams, Head of College, is professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of politics and state development; social theory and knowledge, and early modern European empire. Her book The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe won the Gaddis Smith Book Prize. She also writes on new forms of knowledge — e.g. on how Wikipedia represents the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
Adams came to Yale in 2004 after having started her teaching career at the University of Michigan. Her academic webpage can be found here: http://sociology.yale.edu/people/julia-adams At Yale she has chaired the Sociology department and directed the Division of the Social Sciences. She has also served as Deputy Provost for Social Sciences and Faculty Development and Diversity.
Julia Adams is married to Hans van Dijk, and between them they have four children: Lydia, Cassidy, Sebastian and Andrew. Andrew, the youngest, is a senior at Hamden Hall Country Day School. Julia and Hans’ first grandchild, Emmett, arrived in spring 2016.
Her guilty pleasures? Sci-fi and fantasy books and films; concerts and other cultural doings in New York City, and swimming in icy bodies of water … including Lake Superior, off the Oregon coast, or in the Adirondack Mountains.
Hans Van Dijk, Associate Head of College
Hans taught American history at the University of Auckland in New Zealand before returning to the U.S. in 2007. Since then, he has worked as an institutional fundraiser in higher education. In addition to his family, his passions include early American history, summers in the Adirondacks, the Frick Museum in New York City, good food and baseball.