Virginia DeJohn Anderson is the author of The Martyr and the Traitor: The Perilous Lives of Nathan Hale and Moses Dunbar, a dual biography of revolutionary America. Published by Oxford University Press, It was awarded the 2017 Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award.
Virginia’s previous book, Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America, also published by Oxford University Press, was praised as “a most original, gracefully written, and thoroughly fascinating exploration of Colonial history,” by the Boston Globe and lauded as “necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand colonial history,” by the American Historical Review. Creatures of Empire won the 2005 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society book award.
Virginia is Professor of History at the University of Colorado. She earned her B.A. from the University of Connecticut, completed an M.A. degree at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, as a Marshall Scholar, and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.