(Anderson, Virginia DeJohn - 2017) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service
Virginia Anderson specializes in the history of Colonial and Revolutionary America. Her book Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America (2004) combined ethnohistorical and environmental history approaches to examine the impact of imported livestock on Anglo-Indian relations in the North American colonies. More recently she turned her focus to the 18th century, exploring the history and public memory of the American Revolution. The resulting book, The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution (2017), offers a rare joint biography of both a patriot and a loyalist. Anderson is also co-author of a U.S. history textbook, The American Journey, and is a longtime leader in her department. One colleague noted that she is a “top-notch scholar” who also has “enormous competence, administrative acumen and good will,” pays attention to details and works “without drama or complaint.” Anderson, who earned her PhD at Harvard University and joined the CU Boulder history department in 1985, was awarded a Fellowship for University Teachers through the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Society of American Historians.