Adam Fajardo

Dr. Adam Fajardo

Assistant Professor of English

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Adam Fajardo earned his Ph.D. in English at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also taught first-year writing, professional writing, argumentative writing, English grammar, pre-college composition, introduction to literature and introduction to fiction. His courses use everyday materials and participatory teaching techniques to create an active, engaged classroom where students learn to interrogate cultural texts and compose original arguments. The foundation of his pedagogy is the belief that the critical habits of mind developed by a strong liberal arts education enrich daily life and develop both the student and the teacher's ability to navigate an increasingly message-driven world.

Located at the intersection of new modernist studies and material culture studies, his research investigates the relationship between commodity culture and literary production. His dissertation, "Tropical Goods: Modernism and the Global Market," focuses on four tropical commodities, bananas, cocaine, Coca-Cola and chocolate, and argues that each of these consumer products acts not only as an "objective correlative" to perennial modernist concerns, but indeed helped shape the nature and structure of those concerns as such. He has presented his research at local and national conferences, including the Modernist Studies Association annual conference, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual conference, and the Louisville Conference on Language and Literature since 1900.

Off campus, you're likely to find Fajardo pedaling one of his bikes, romping with his dog, or cooking his famous (really) carnitas tacos.



  • Doctorate – English – Indiana University
  • Master’s – English – Indiana University
  • Bachelor’s – English and philosophy – Warren Wilson College

Academic Interests

  • First-year writing
  • Modernism
  • Literary theory
  • Material culture studies


  • J. A. Robins Memorial Fund Prize, Indiana University, 2012. For advanced graduate study in American Literature.
  • Mary Gaither Prize, Indiana University, 2009. For best essay in the field of British Literature.
  • The RAW Teaching Portfolio Award, Indiana University, 2008.