Virginia DeJohn Anderson, is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, where she has taught early American history since 1985. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Connecticut. She 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.
She is the author, most recently, of The Martyr and the Traitor: The Perilous Lives of Nathan Hale and Moses Dunbar, a dual biography of revolutionary America. 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, 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.
Her first book, New England’s Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century was published by Cambridge University Press in 1991. She is also the co-author, with David Goldfield, et al., of the textbook, The American Journey: A History of the United States, published by Pearson.