David Anderson

Professor Emeritus of English

B.A., Hiram College
M.A., University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University


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  • American Literature
  • World Literature (Masterpieces of German Literature; contemporary Indian novel)
  • Regional Literature and Architecture
  • German Science and Literature (Study-abroad trips to Germany and Denmark)
  • Travel Writing—Biomes of the World Trip


  • Anthology of Western Reserve Literature with Gladys Haddad (1992)
  • "Hiram College: A View from the Hill" in Cradles of Conscience (2003)
  • "German and Science: An Interdisciplinary Model," in Germanics Under Construction: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Prospects (1996)
  • Entries in Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments (1994)
  • "Frontier Elegance and Democratic Plainness: Two Churches as Historical Documents," with J. R. Strassburger in Smithsonian Studies in American Art (Winter 1990)
  • "A Quaint, Picturesque Little Pile: Architecture and the Past in Washington Irving," in The Old and New World Romanticism of Washington Irving (1986)

Recent Presentations

  • "'Knight of the Quill': James Garfield as Writer" Hiram College Friends of the Library (2006)
  • "Some Things Never Change," Commencement Address, Hiram College (2000)
  • "A Promising Boy: Intimations of Greatness in James A. Garfield," Western Reserve Studies Symposium (1999)
  • "Hiram in the Civil War: A Dramatic Reading of Letters from Hiram Students," various venues (2000-2001)
  • "When Apollos Till the Earth: Nineteenth Century Literary Landscape," Longwood Graduate Program Symposium, University of Delaware (1999)
  • "Classicism Moves West: Federal Style Architecture in the Western Reserve," Cleveland Museum of Art, The Decorative Arts Trust Bicentennial Symposium (1996)


  • Vencl/Carr Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Association of State and Local History Research Grant
  • Ohio Humanities Council Scholar
  • NEH Implementation Grant for Regionalism in the Humanities
  • Fulbright Seminar (Deutsche Landeskunde, Bonn, Germany)

Current Projects

Completing a history of Hiram College, Classic Hill: College Life in Hiram Since 1850; preparing an edition of letters of Hiram students who served in the Civil War, particularly under James A. Garfield

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