Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Associate Professor, American Studies


  • Ph.D., History, Cornell University, 1997
  • M.A., History, Cornell University, 1993
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Philosophy and History, University of Pittsburgh, 1989

Research interests

cultural study of 20th century U.S. music; 20th century U.S. intellectual and cultural history; 20th century African-American intellectual and cultural history; american studies methodologies; past and present; critical theory (past and present) and affect theory; U.S. arts and popular culture (esp. 1920-1980)

Courses recently taught

Indiana University, Bloomington
  • AMST-A 100 What is America?
  • AMST-A 202 Popular Culture and Critical Theory
University of Michigan
  • American Culture / DAAS / History
  • "Feeling Theory: Reading the Affective Turn"
  • American Culture Methodologies: Modernity and Difference
  • Music and Cultural Theory

Selected honors + awards

  • Faculty Fellowship, Institute of the Humanities, University of Michigan, 2007-08.
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, International Exchange for Scholars, 2007-08 (award declined).