About

I grew up in small towns in central Illinois and studied journalism at the University of Illinois. I bunked school for a couple semesters to backpack through India — writing, photographing and chatting my way across places far beyond the shelter of my university existence.

I spent four years in St. Louis being a reasonably successful reporter at the Post-Dispatch, covering everything from poverty to presidential campaigns. While at the newspaper, I made the transition from the printed word to multimedia. I also took off a week or three every year to travel and write/shoot other parts of the world — Mexico, Lebanon, Jamaica, India, Cuba.

In the summer of 2009, I shoved it all in my mother’s garage and bought plane tickets abroad. I wanted to see what I could see, do what I could do. My big soft couch was getting too comfortable anyway.

I spent the better part of two years in India in multiple incarnations: I was a freelance journalist, teacher at a small school in the mountains in Northeast India, divemaster, journalism instructor, voiceover artist and part-time environmental NGO volunteer. I also took a break for a couple months to travel to Ecuador, report on conservation, dive and volunteer at a village in the Amazon.

This stint abroad lead me to a graduate program in 2011 where I earned a master’s studying global environmental politics, a mix of political science, ecology, economics, geography, critical development studies and so on.

Following graduate school, I returned to India in August 2013 for a Fulbright-Nehru research fellowship examining natural resource dependency in Indian coastal communities. Post-Fulbright, I worked for nearly two years for NGOs doing consultant research on a variety of topics related to coastal and marine spaces/places. I spent a lot of time engaging with fishers and farmers who are beset by forces of agrarian/industrial change and increasingly high modern and neoliberal visions of development.

In August 2016, I returned to the US to start a PhD in geography at the University of California at Berkeley, where I am today.

I straddle scholarship and activism. I read Marx, Neil Smith, James Scott, David Harvey, Ashis Nandy, Ram Guha, K. Sivaramakrishnan and many others. But I also appreciate the work of Bill McKibben, Ashish Kothari and Kanchi Kohli who push me toward action.

India remains a second home (my wife and our child-parrot are still there). It is a country that I love (most of the time) and for most intents and most purposes, I’m a dual citizen — a paan-chewing, khadi-wearing, addha Hindustani with a lifelong visa. The country has a long, if somewhat scattered, tradition of environmental activism that has been broken and diffused in recent years as the country has risen in economic and consumer might.

As the country has drifted more toward neoliberal ideologies and politics that embrace fascism, now more than ever questions of sustainability, environmental values and basic notions of equality need to be examined.

I can be reached by my e-mail address, ajadhav@gmail.com; my U.S. mobile number, +1 (623) 252-3428; my Indian mobile number, +91-99-8659-2608; or my Skype handle, adamjadhav.

I’m also on the Web elsewhere:

Kuch bhi ho sakta hai.

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6 Responses to “About”

  1. Megan Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I look forward to following your adventures!

  2. Ben Poston Says:
    November 7th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    You are a brave soul, Adam. Very impressed. You are doing what I’ve sometimes dreamed of.

  3. Brian Smith Says:
    December 31st, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Awesome stuff! I particularly like your venture into the WordPress domain

  4. Alexis Grant Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Love this! The blog looks awesome. Will follow along.

    — A fellow backpack journo

  5. bill rappleye Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    adam-
    your pictures are excellent! love the look of your blog, and am jealous of the adventure you’re living. keep it up for us vicarious couchers…and if you need a crash site near new bedford sometime…i’ve got one.
    bill

  6. Ishani Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 6:14 am

    “I don’t know who I am yet”

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