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Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Dr. Richard Anderson

Assistant Professor of Practice in Public History

Office: Comenius Hall 301
Phone: 610-625-7722


B.A., Northeastern Illinois University

M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ph.D., Princeton University


I teach public history--including community-based, collaborative courses like Introduction to Public History, Video Storytelling, and Oral History and Podcasting--as well as U.S. history from the Civil War to the present.

Current Research 

My scholarly research explores U.S. politics, labor, and cities after World War II. I am currently completing my first book, Machine Politics: How Richard J. Daley and Chicago's Democratic Party Remade American Liberalism


Selected Publications

Book Chapters
(Forthcoming) "Making the Neoliberal Rust Belt: Urban Redevelopment, Class Politics, and the Transformation of Chicago's Democratic Party, 1955-1975," in The Liberal Heartland: A Political History of the Postwar American Midwest, eds. Jon K. Lauck and Catherine McNicol Stock (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2023)

"Taking Labor History Public: An Overview fo the Field," Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020), 15-24.

Book Reviews
"The Future of Preserving the Past: Defining the Value (and Values) of Historic Preservation," Review of Richard Longstreth, ed., Frank Lloyd Wright: Preservation, Design, and Adding to Iconic Buildings and Max Page, Why Preservation Matters), Journal of Urban History Vol. 45, No. 3 (2019), 601-608.