Bio

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts (2007). BA, 1996, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; MA, 1999, PhD, 2006, University of South Carolina, Columbia. Publications: The Politics of Good Taste: Whole Foods Markets and Sensory Design, The Senses and Society (forthcoming); Speaking of Tomatoes: Supermarkets, the Senses, and Sexual Fantasy in Modern America, Journal of Social History.


Personal Statement

Adam Mack joined SAIC’s Liberal Arts Department in 2007. A historian of U.S. culture and society, he is currently working on Sensing the Second City: The Rise of Modern Chicago (contracted with the University of Illinois Press). Sensing the Second City studies five landmark episodes—the creation of the Union Stockyards, the Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Affair, the World's Columbian Exposition, and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle—to explore how sensory perception shaped popular attitudes about turn-of-the-twentieth-century modernization. Adam's initial work in sensory history dealt with American supermarkets.  His articles on that topic include “‘Speaking of Tomatoes’: Supermarkets, the Senses, and Sexual Fantasy in Modern America,” which appeared in the Summer, 2010 issue of the Journal of Social History and “The Politics of Good Taste: Whole Foods Markets and Sensory Design,” forthcoming in The Senses & Society.

Adam’s general research and teaching interests include twentieth-century U.S. history; American consumer society; sensory perception in historical perspective; urban and cultural history. His courses include Sensory Perception in Historical Perspective; The Supermarket: A Social and Cultural History; Making the Second City: The Rise of Modern Chicago; Modern American Cultural History; The United States Since 1945; Academic Research and Writing.

 

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