David Anderson is Programme Director for American Studies in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies. He graduated from the University of Dundee in 2001 with a First Class MA (Hons) degree in American Studies and History. He was awarded his AHRB-funded PhD in 2005, also from the University of Dundee, and taught in the Department of History. David joined Swansea University as a lecturer in 2008. In September 2015 David achieved professional recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
David’s teaching and research focuses on the socio-political history and culture of the American South. David is completing a research monograph on the Lost Cause and American Civil War memory and has published a number of book chapters and articles in a wide range of academic journals, including the Journal of Southern History and Civil War History. He has presented conference papers across the UK and U.S. and has written for BBC History Magazine.
David is engaged in research projects relating to the history and culture of the American South, including a book-length project on postbellum plantation memoirs. Based on extensive state and local archival research across the American South, this important study will restore almost forgotten writers to the history of the Lost Cause. David has published an article on the deployment of the plantation Christmas in the memoirs and reminiscences of elite white southerners, demonstrating not only that these nostalgic depictions provided an important frame of reference to formulations of the Lost Cause, but that such representations had a historically specific dimension to them.
Another area of interest is the American Civil War, with a particular focus on the internal lives of Union and Confederate soldiers. Funded by the British Association for American Studies and the Wellcome Trust, David’s research on clinical nostalgia – or homesickness – has involved research in the United States and collaboration with colleagues across several American universities.