Virginia Anderson
Pre-Modern / Early Modern World

(Ph.D., Harvard University; Professor)

Professor Anderson specializes in the history of Colonial and Revolutionary America. Her first book, New England’s Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge UP, 1991) focused on the lives of nearly 700 emigrants to explore their motives for moving to New England and the adaptations they made there.  Her second book Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America, (Oxford UP, 2004) examined the impact of imported livestock on Anglo-Indian relations in the seventeenth century. Her most recent book, The Martyr and the Traitor:  Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution (Oxford UP, 2017) offers an intertwined narrative of two men of similar backgrounds who ended up on opposite sides during the Revolution and were executed for taking the positions they did.  She has begun work on a new project focusing on the life and times of Daniel Gookin, a quintessential Atlantic figure who lived in Ireland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and England in the seventeenth century.  She is also co-author of a U.S. history textbook, The American Journey (8th ed., Pearson, 2017).  She has received funding for her research from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.