Adam Bisno specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Europe. His chief interests include cities, cosmopolitanism, capitalism, liberalism and anti-liberalism.
His dissertation, “Hotel Berlin: Commercial Hospitality in the German Metropolis, 1875-1945,” accounts for the political commitments of a group of hoteliers as they embraced, questioned, and finally repudiated liberalism and democracy. To account for this shift, the project establishes these hoteliers’ relationships to the imaginative universe of the grand hotel and its cast of characters, including workers, white-collar employees, managers, architects, interior designers, society ladies, military elites, diplomats, royals, authors, journalists, con artists, flappers, pornographers, politicians, thieves, movie stars, murderers, and male and female prostitutes.
Adam received his BA from Swarthmore, where he majored in history and minored in German Studies. He also holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and an MA from Johns Hopkins University, where he is currently a PhD candidate. He has taught survey courses in modern and early modern European history as well as an advanced undergraduate seminar on the history and historiography of fascism. His teaching areas also comprise Germany since 1789; modern and early modern France; Victorian culture and society; and gender and sexuality. On that last topic, you can find an example of Adam’s research in Melissa Lane and Martin Ruehl (eds.), A Poet’s Reich: Politics and Culture in the George Kreis (Rochester: Camden House, 2011), 37-55: “George’s Homoerotic Erlösungsreligion, 1891-1907.”