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Dr David Anderson

Dr David Anderson

Senior Lecturer, Political and Cultural Studies

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 604292

Research Links

Academic Office - 206
Second Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Dr David Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies. David read American Studies and History MA (Hons) at the University of Dundee, where he also completed his AHRB-funded PhD in History. In 2015, David gained professional recognition of his teaching practice as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

David’s primary research interests focus on the socio-political history and culture of the American South, especially the Civil War and its aftermath. He is completing a 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 published on homesickness during the Civil War, Confederate defeat, post-war biography and autobiography, and southern Christmas and culinary memories. David’s most recent research examines the connection between nostalgia and memories of childhood.

David has presented conference papers across the UK and US and has contributed to BBC History Magazine, The Conversation, and BBC Radio Wales. His work has also been featured by news organisations in the UK and overseas. In 2017, David was an Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow at the British Library and in 2019 he was awarded the inaugural Scholarship for the Study of Historical and Contemporary Slavery at Gladstone’s Library.

Areas Of Expertise

  • American South
  • American Civil War
  • Autobiography and Memoir
  • Memory and Nostalgia
  • Film and TV Images of the American South
  • Christmas in 19th-Century Britain and America
  • British Humour Comic Art and Artists
  • Antiquarian Histories of North-East Scotland

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

At undergraduate level, David teaches research-led honours modules on the American Civil War and historical memory and the post-Civil War history, literature, and culture of the American South. In addition, he has taught modules on early American history, the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and America during the 1960s.

At postgraduate level, David offers teaching on the history of Confederate memory and memorialisation, which draws upon Swansea University's Milne Collection, an extensive library of primary and secondary material pertaining to the American Civil War. David has also contributed to modules on American military strategy and policy in Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War. He has supervised and examined a number of postgraduate dissertations and theses on topics including smuggling in American history, the historian Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, and the American Wilderness.

Research

David is currently completing a monograph on the Lost Cause and American Civil War memory. His research on nostalgia, and its initial meaning of homesickness, has been published in the Journal of Southern History and Civil War History, as well as several edited collections, including a recent chapter focusing on the film version of Gone with the Wind. David has also published his research in The Conversation UK, where he examines the connections between nostalgia and memories of childhood across a number of articles.

Award Highlights

Paul Mellon Centre Research Support Grant 2020

Study of Historical and Contemporary Slavery Scholarship, Gladstone’s Library 2019

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow, British Library 2017

British Association for American Studies/United States Embassy Small Grant 2017

Strathmartine Trust 2010 and 2020

Wellcome Trust, History of Medicine 2009

British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Founders’ Research Travel Award 2008

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland 2007

British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Short-Term Travel Grant 2006

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland 2006