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William Adams became President of Bucknell University in 1995. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1982 in the history of consciousness program, an interdisciplinary program in the humanities and social sciences. His dissertation was on the social and political philosophy of the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty. He has published widely on such topics as "Politics and the Archeology of Meaning" and "History, Interpretation, and the Politics of Theory." He came to Bucknell from Wesleyan University where he had served as vice president and secretary and, before that, as executive assistant to the president. Prior to his position at Wesleyan, Adams taught at Stanford University where he was program coordinator for the Great Works in Western Culture Program. He has also served on the faculty at the University of Santa Clara and the University of North Carolina.


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