Dr. Iain Anderson

Title: 
Associate Professor of History, Associate Director of Historical Studies
Phone: 
(402) 827-1555
Email: 
ianders2 [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Office: 
Omaha Site 715, 14010 FNB Parkway, Omaha, NE
Office hours: 

By appointment.

Background: 

Associate/Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of History, Dana College, 2002-2010

Education: 

Ph.D. History, Indiana University
MA Continuing Studies, University of Evansville
BA (Hons) History, Loughborough University

Teaching philosophy: 

My teaching goals include training students to become accomplished practitioners of their discipline, equipping them to exercise citizenship in the United States and the world, and preparing them for productive and fulfilling careers. One concept is critical to meeting these goals: active learning.

Getting students involved in their education through hands-on examination and analysis of historical documents—whether diaries, films, music, legislation, or a host of other materials—is the best way for them to test their intellect, stimulate their imagination, and develop a sense of responsibility and a set of skills. At Wesleyan, our small class sizes and emphasis on teaching and mentorship allows students to develop those abilities in discussions, small group activities, and classroom leadership.

Courses taught: 

History 501 Fundamentals of American History I
History 502 Fundamentals of American History II
History 571 African American History
History 523 History and Place: The Civil Rights Movement
History 523 History and Place: The Civil War
History 523 History and Place: Chesapeake Bay
History 566 America in the 1960s
History 573 Immigration History
History 550 Nebraska Institute for the Study of American History
History 590 Teaching Historical Narratives
History 525 Thinking Like a Historian
History 599 Capstone Experience
History 001 United States to 1877
LAS 001 Jazz and American Culture

Research and academic interests: 

My current research interests lie in the field of American cultural and social history. I have published articles on various aspects of African American music, including nonprofit sponsorship of jazz and the commemoration of slave music. My first book is published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and titled This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture (http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14267.html).

My latest project explores how the production and presentation of “straight-ahead”
jazz by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and others in the 1980s offered an
alternative narrative of black achievement, masculinity, and respectability at the nadir of
Reagan-era race relations.

I am also working on a manuscript that examines the role of ethnic institutions in mediating the conflicting pressures of Americanization and ethnic preservation on Danish immigrants during the interwar years, and in the formation of transnational post-immigration identities.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
American Studies Association