B.A. (English), St. Olaf College, 1974. Ph.D (English), Boston College, 1978.
Married to Priscilla Paton, a writer and scholar; son, James; and daughter, Elizabeth.
St. Olaf College, 1978–80: assistant professor of English and tutor in the Paracollege. University of Kansas, 1980-81: post-doctoral fellow in English. Texas A&M University, 1981–93: positions included director of undergraduate studies in English. Florida Atlantic University, 1993-97: professor of English and associate dean of arts and humanities. Luther College, 1997–99: vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. Denison University, 1999-2006, provost and professor of English.
Chair, Board of Trustees, Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions; member, Board of Trustees, Higher Learning Commission
A scholar of 18th-century British literature (“especially the long poem, the writings of Samuel Johnson and theodicy as a literary genre”), Anderson “loves words” and has a passion for the “hard-boiled detective novel.” He also enjoys cooking, tennis, gardening, and international travel.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where his parents still live, Anderson describes himself as a true Midwesterner, “and I’m very comfortable with that.”
Just for Fun:
Anderson enjoys detective novels by Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, Robert Crais and former St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter John Sandford. He burned a CD, Dad’s Cool Tunes, for long car rides that includes songs by They Might Be Giants, Tracy Nelson, John Lee Hooker, Diana Krall, and the Beatles.