Department of Anthropology

Richard N. Adams

ProfessorPh.D., Yale University


Latin America, especially Central America; anthropology theory, energy and evolution


Dr. Adams was the Rapoport Centennial Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts and a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1973. In 1947, he earned his BA from Michigan, his MA from Yale in 1949, and his Ph.D. in 1951. His work, Crucifixion by Power: Essays on Guatemalan National Social Structure, 1944-1966, (University of Texas Press, 1968), remains one of the most influential scholarly books on Guatemala written in English.

After his retirement from UT in 1990, Dr. Adams and his wife Betty Hannstein Adams lived mainly in Guatemala, where both served as friends and mentors to several generations of scholars in and from Guatemala.