Hannah Anderson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a historian of early America and she is interested in the history of science, environmental history, and gender history. Her book manuscript, Lived Botany: Settlers and Natural History in the Early British Atlantic, examines how settlers exchanged botanical knowledge with Indigenous people and how these interactions shaped the development of the science of natural history.
Before coming to UA Little Rock, Dr. Anderson was the University College Fellow in Early American History at the University of Toronto. She enjoys teaching courses on American history, the history of science and empires, environmental history, and the history of race. Dr. Anderson’s work has been supported by many institutions. Most recently, she has been a fellow of the McNeil Center of Early American Studies and the American Philosophical Society. In 2024, Dr. Anderson is a Dibner Long-Term Research Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library in California.