Josh Adair

Assistant Professor of English

"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."

Josh Adair



Ph.D., English

Northern Illinois University


Graduate Certificates
Northern Illinois University
- LGBT Studies
- Museum Studies
- Women's Studies

M. A., English

Western Illinois University

B.A., British and American Literature

Blackburn College


Highlighted Publications

"'Christopher wasn't satisfied with either ending': Connecting Christopher Isherwood's The World in the Evening to E. M. Forster's Maurice." Papers on Language and Literature 48.3: 302-331 (2012).

"'One must be ruthless in the cause of Beauty,' Beverley Nichols's and John Fowler's Queer Domesticity in 1950s England." Visual Culture and Gender 5 (2010).

"House Museum or Walk-In Closet? The (Non)Representation of Gay Men in the House Museums They Called Home." Gender and Sexuality in Museums: A Reader. Ed. Amy Levin. London: Routledge, September 2010.

"A Love That Cares Not Speak Its Name: Clive Durham as Narrative Guide in E. M. Forster's Maurice." SKASE Journal of Literary Studies 2.1 (2010).


Areas of Specialization

Design History

Film Studies

Gender Studies

Literary Theory

Modern, Contemporary British


Museum Studies

Postcolonial Literature

Rhetoric and Composition


Director, Racer Writing Center

  Gender and Diversity Studies
Interim Coordinator, Film Studies


Courses Taught

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry

ENG 304 British Literature, 1760-Present

ENG 401 Film Theory and Criticism

ENG 519 Gay and Lesbian Literature

GDS 201 Introduction to Multicultural, Class, and Gender Studies

HUM 211 Western Humanities Tradition


Awards and Distinctions

CHFA Award for Service Excellence, Murray State University, 2013


Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Association of Museums

Modern Language Association

Midwest Modern Language Association

National Women's Studies Association



Dr. Josh Adair

7B-14 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341