Ruth has worked at King’s since 2003 and was instrumental in establishing the MA in Cultural & Creative Industries. She is currently the Departmental Senior Tutor, and chairs the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Assessment Board, and the Social Sciences, Humanities and Law Research Ethics Subcommittee.
Ruth undertook her postgraduate studies at The London Consortium; completing an MRes in Cultural Studies & Humanities and a doctoral thesis, 'Gentlemen and Players: The Victoria and Albert Museum - An Institutional Case Study of the Culture and Society Tradition'.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Representations of Englishness
- Critical interrogations of the discourse of ‘heritage’
- Youth subcultures and popular music
- Postcolonial identities and culture
- Class, gender, and cultural representation and consumption
Ruth’s current research projects include Grime music as a political force, and a mode of expressing national identity and heritage in the post-colonial city; representations of country houses and the aristocracy in popular culture; and popular engagement with national media events (sport and royalty). Ruth welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests.
For more details, please see her full research profile.
Ruth convenes and teaches on the MA CCI core modules, in addition to leading optional modules based on her research. She also supervises MA dissertations and doctoral theses.
In addition, Ruth acts as the academic liaison between the department and Tate, and convenes the three modules that CMCI runs with the Museum.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Ruth has made a number of television and radio appearances, including ‘Cunk on Britain’ (BBC 2), ‘Peter York’s Hipster Handbook’ (BBC 4), BBC Radio 4 Today Programme & Thinking Allowed, Sky News & Channel 5 News, Korean television (KBS) and BBC Radio Wales. She has been a contributor to features articles in newspapers and magazines in the UK, Sweden, Brazil, and the UAE.
Ruth has given keynote addresses at conferences in Brazil and Colombia, and has been invited to give talks at symposia, festivals and theatres in the UK and France.
She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and has been an external examiner for University of Sheffield and University of Chester.
Adams, R., 8 Aug 2019, In : Popular Music & Society. 42, 4, p. 438-455 18 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2018.1471774
Adams, R., Jun 2019, Working for the clampdown : The Clash, the dawn of neoliberalism and the political promise of punk. Coulter, C. (ed.). Manchester: Manchester University Press Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Adams, R., 1 May 2018, In : Diálogo com a Economia Criativa, Rio de Janeiro. 3, 8, p. 117-133 17 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.22398/2525-2828.38117-133
Adams, R., Jan 2017, In : Conhecimento & Diversidade. 9, 17, p. 33-47 15 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18316/rcd.v9i17.3742
Adams, R., Feb 2016, The British Monarchy on Screen. Merck, M. (ed.). Manchester University Press Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Adams, R., 2015, (In preparation) Theatre Plays on British Television. Wyver, J. & Wrigley, A. (eds.). Manchester University Press Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Adams, R., 2014, Unsettling Whiteness. Micheal, L. & Schulz, S. (eds.). Inter-Disciplinary Press, p. 263-273 11 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Adams, R., Mar 2013, In : Museum and Society. 11, 1, p. 1-18 18 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Adams, R., Nov 2010, In : London Journal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries. p. 43-46 4 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Adams, R., 20 Sep 2010, In : The Other Journal.com: an intersection of theology and culture . Research output: Contribution to journal - Article