colby-sawyer faculty

Patrick D. Anderson

Professor, Humanities
Gibney Distinguished Professor
(603) 526-3639 |

Joined faculty in 1977. A.B., from University of Notre Dame; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan. Professor Anderson teaches courses in American studies, American literature, Native American culture and film.

He is especially interested in exploring the interdisciplinary links between literature and the arts, and offers several courses to support the English and Media Studies Majors and American Studies minor, including The West in American Culture, The American Dream in Literature and Film, Native American Literature, American Film and Literary Modernism.

The author of a book and numerous published articles on film, Professor Anderson lectures frequently throughout the state and presents radio film reviews on a regular basis. He recently completed a sabbatical leave that took him to Belize, Mexico and Peru where he studied the links between ancient traditions and contemporary cultures of the Maya and Inca people.

Areas of Expertise

  • American and International Film
  • The Academy Awards
  • Contemporary American Culture
  • Literature and Culture of the American West
  • Native American Studies
  • 19th- and 20th-century American Literature, specifically the American Renaissance and Modernism

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • "Ancient Traditions/Contemporary Cultures: A sojourn among the Mayas and Incas of Central and South America," Colby-Sawyer Alumni Magazine, Fall/Winter, 2009.

  • "Understanding Movies: the Art of Film," Chocorua Public Library, Tamworth, NH, May, 2009.

  • "Reel Talk," weekly film reviews broadcast on local cable TV and WSCS-FM, 2005-present.

  • "Smilla's Sense of Snow," Grantham Public Library, Grantham, NH, August 2008.

  • Reel Talk On-line, film reviews written for Colby-Sawyer Currents, 2006 - present.

  • "Sennett, Keaton and Chaplin and the Art of Silent Comedy," Wilmot Public Library, Wilmot, NH, October, 2008.


  • Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan
  • A.B., University of Notre Dame