Professor Anderson joined the faculty in 1977. He earned an A.B. from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Michigan. Professor Anderson teaches courses in American studies, American literature, Native American culture and American and international film.
He is especially interested in exploring the interdisciplinary links between history, literature, culture and the arts. His courses support the English and Communication Studies Majors and the American Studies, Film Studies and Women's and Gender Studies minors. These include The West in American Culture, The American Dream in Literature and Film, Native American Literature, Movie Mavericks, Women in Film, International Film, American Film and Literary Modernism.
The author of a book and numerous published articles on film, Professor Anderson lectures frequently on film, literature and indigenous cultures throughout the state. He recently completed a sabbatical leave that took him to New Zealand, where he studied Maori culture, and to several Moundbuilder sites in the Midwestern U.S., where he studied the indigenous people who constructed them.
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
- “Close Encounters with Indigenous Cultures: Reflections on a Sabbatical Odyssey,” Colby-Sawyer Magazine, Fall, 2016
- “Out of the Classroom and Into Literary History: A Sojourn to Concord, MA,” Colby-Sawyer Magazine, Spring, 2016
- “Contemporary Movie Mavericks: Independent Filmmakers Who Challenge the Hollywood System,” Gorham Public Library, Gorham, NH, September 2016
- “The Spirit of Place: Native Lands and Cultures of the American Southwest,” Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth, NH, October, 2015
- “Sennett, Chaplin, Keaton, and the Art of Silent Film Comedy,” Merrimack Public Library, Merrimack, NH, June, 2015
- Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan
- A.B., University of Notre Dame