Director of Prestigious External Scholarships and Mentor for the Presidential Endowed Scholars Program
PhD – Vanderbilt—English, specializing in Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture and and critical theory, 2002
MA – English Literature, Penn State University, 1998
BA – English and History, Vanderbilt, 1990
Dr. Anderson is a professor of English at MSU, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare and the first half of the British literature survey. He has taken Shackouls honor students to Oxford University twice to study Shakespeare, among other amazing things—Tolkein, Lewis, medieval history, public health, creative writing, utopia fiction, comparative politics and the media, and political theory to name only a few. While students at Oxford, they saw productions of Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Anthony and Cleapatra at the Globe Theatre and Henry IV, Part I in Stratford. Anderson has published two books—Performing Early Modern Trauma from Shakespeare to Milton and Shakespeare’s Fugitive Politics. He is co-editor (with Ryan Netzley) of Acts of Reading: Interpretation, Reading Practices, and the Idea of the Book in John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments. He loves working with students from across the university to help prepare them for nationally competitive scholarships such as the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater and Truman. Since 2013, he has mentored a Rhodes Scholar, three Rhodes finalists, a Gates Cambridge Scholar, three Goldwater Scholars, and two Truman Scholars.