Adair Enjoys Prolific Year of Academic Scholarship


Josh Adair, an Associate Professor at Murray State University, has had several scholarly articles appear in an eclectic variety of journals on an unusual diversity of subjects from crafting to gender politics to house museums.

Adair’s teaching focuses mainly on English, Gender Studies and Humanities and is a recipient of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Awards for both Service Excellence and Teaching Excellence. Adair’s leadership work includes being the Director of the Racer Writing Center and Coordinator of Gender and Diversity Studies. Adair also received the University Outstanding Research Award.

Click here to read more about the Racer Writing Center.


Said Adair, “The last year has been unusually satisfying in that it has afforded me opportunities to publish traditional academic essays — several in top-tier presses — about topics like the work of Christopher Isherwood (left) and the state of LGBT Studies in the academy alongside several pieces of creative non-fiction which examine queer identity formation and the work of mourning. ”

Some of his most recent works include “Willa’s Case: Queer Narratives and Virtual Museums” in The Apollonian; “Turned On: On the Impossibility of Queer Theory and Composition” (co-authored with colleague Paul Walker)” in Hybrid Pedagogy; “Cis-sy Soundtrack,” in the Lehigh Valley Vanguard; and “The Suicide Survivor’s Guide to Crafts” in in Harlot. In the last month, his short article “Courting Controversy: How I Became an Opportunistic Improvisationalist” appeared in Improvisation in Professional Practice.

An excerpt from “Willa’s Case”

“The Suicide Survivor’s Guide to Crafts” chronicles the death of his partner and his experience with his mother-in-law particularly in the year after her son’s death. He describes his use of crafting in order to form a sort of necessary if unique bond in order to get through their mutual resulting grief.


In addition, a critical essay that Adair wrote calling for house museums to address issues of sexuality, especially in the case of queer subjects, prompted The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to openly address the same-sex romantic attachments of its former owner. Read more about it here.

The Glen Burnie House, which Josh writes about  – click here to read more about it.

Said colleague Andrew Black, “As a younger member of his department, I am provided a wonderful mentor in Josh, not only in his production but also the wide range of his subjects. Josh’s work covers many diverse areas, and much of it is driven by his own personal experience. In his writing, we see not only his scholarly commitment but also his vivid imagination, intellectual curiosity, and broader social concern. There’s a sense in some scholarly writing that the author is trying merely to confuse and impress you. Josh is trying to inspire, challenge, provoke, and ultimately move you. The recent proliferation of his work is proof of that.”

The last month further exemplifies his productivity. Adair’s article, “Analog Sexting,” was accepted for publication. The article explores his maternal grandparents’ blue wartime letters and photos as teaching artifacts, and will be appearing on Notches very soon. His article “Somewhere SO OVER! the Rainbow: The Danger of Safe Zones” was published in Antae. His article “Dinah Might” appeared in Cold Noon: Travel PoeticsInternational Journal of Travel Writing.

The opening paragraph from “Dinah Might”

Said Adair, “Overall, it has been wonderful to be able to synthesize classroom practice with research and writing, involving students in many capacities along the way, and producing work that has elicited some wonderful responses from readers and has opened new doorways to continue the projects I’ve been working on during my time at MSU.”



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