Adam Bradley is a professor of English and the director of the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (the RAP Lab) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the author or editor of six books, including the New York Times bestseller One Day It’ll All Make Sense, a memoir he wrote for the rapper and actor Common. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, PBS, NPR, and elsewhere. His books have earned numerous awards and garnered significant public attention, including “best book of the year” notices from New York magazine, the Village Voice, NPR, the Book of the Year Awards, and Oprah’s “Books to Watch.”
Adam has a deep commitment to public service. He speaks often to groups of K-12 students—in Colorado, across the country, and abroad. Since 2013, he has worked closely with inmates and staff at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway, Colorado to develop a gang intervention program. In addition, Adam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Smithsonian’s Museum of African-American History & Culture, the Center of the American West, the Media Archaeology Lab, the Center for the Humanities and the Arts, the Ralph Ellison Society, and the University of Iowa Press’s “New American Canon.” In 2015 the University of Colorado Alumni Association recognized Adam with the Robert L. Stearns Award, which recognizes members of the faculty and staff for extraordinary achievement and service in research, teaching, service to the University, work with students, and off-campus service. Adam grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He lives in Boulder with his wife, Anna, and two young daughters.