Dr Adam Kelly, the Principal Investigator on the TRUST project, is Associate Professor of English at University College Dublin. He is the author of American Fiction in Transition: Observer-Hero Narrative, the 1990s, and Postmodernism (Bloomsbury 2013) and is currently completing a book about the aesthetics and politics of sincerity in American fiction during the period 1989-2008. He is co-editor of special issues of Comparative Literature Studies and Open Library of the Humanities, and has published a wide range of articles and chapters in leading journals and edited collections.
Before joining UCD in 2020, Adam was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of York from 2013-19, and from 2011-13 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. His research in literary studies has focused primarily on normative concepts including sincerity, complicity, dignity, debt, and freedom, making the shift to the subject of social trust a natural step. His broader research and teaching interests include literary and critical theory, the history of ideas, the history of the novel, and the relationships among literature, philosophy, politics, and economics.