Kristen Anderson | Webster University

Kristen Anderson, PhD


Associate Professor of History, Politics, & International Relations
Director of International Relations
204 H. Sam Priest Center  
(314) 246-7065




PhD, University of Iowa, 2009
MA, University of Iowa, 2003
BA, South Dakota State University, 2002

Areas of Interest

19th Century U.S. History
Civil War History
Immigration History
History of Racial and Ethnic Identity
Women and Gender History
St. Louis History


Kristen Anderson, PhD, is an associate professor of history. She specializes in 19th century U.S. social history, in particular the participation of immigrants in the Civil War and debates over slavery.  She is currently working on a new book project examining how German immigrants remembered and commemorated their Civil War participation.  Her publications include Abolitionizing Missouri: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in 19th Century America (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016), “German Americans, African Americans, and the Republican Party in St. Louis, 1865-1872” in the Journal of American Ethnic History (vol. 28, no. 1), and “‘Wir auch im Süden halten Wacht’: Ethnic Germans and Civil War Commemoration in Nineteenth-Century Charleston,” in The South Carolina Historical Magazine (forthcoming).  Dr. Anderson teaches a wide variety of classes on the 19th century United States, including courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. women’s history, St. Louis history, the history of the American West, the history of U.S. Slavery, and the history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.