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James D. Anderson

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., History of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1973
  • M.Ed., History and Social Studies Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1969
  • B.A., Sociology, Stillman College, 1966

Key Professional Appointments

  • Professor, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990-present
  • Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987-present
  • Assistant, Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974-1987

Activities & Honors

  • Membership, National Academy of Education, 2008-present
  • Appointed Guest Honorable Professor, Yunnan University, 1998-1999
  • Appointed Honorary Professor, Chongquing, P. R. China, Southwest China Normal University, 1998-1999
  • Spencer Mentor Award, The Spencer Foundation, 1998-1999
  • Distinguished Career Teaching Award, College of Education, 1994-1994
  • President, History of Education Society, 1992-1993

Research Statement

My past research has focused on the history of African American education in the South from 1860-1935, the history of higher education desegregation in southern states, the history of public school desegregation, institutional racism, and the representation of Blacks in secondary school history textbooks.

My current research projects include the history of African American public higher education and the development of African American school achievement in the twentieth century.

Publications

  • Anderson, James (1997). Philanthropy, the state and the development of Historically Black Public Colleges: The case of Mississippi. Minerva, A Review of Science. Learning and Policy, 35(3), 295-309.
  • Anderson, James (1995). Literacy and education in the African American experience. Literacy among African-American youth,. Hampton Press: Cresskill, NJ.
  • Anderson, James (1993). Race, meritocracy, and the American academy during the immediate post World War II era. History of Education Quarterly, 33(2), 151-175.
  • Anderson, James (1990). Black Rural Communities and the Struggle for Education During the Age of Booker T. Washington, 1877-1915. Peabody Journal of Education, 67(4), 46-62.
  • Anderson, James (1988). The education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Press: Chapel Hill, NC.

In The News

James D. Anderson to deliver prestigious AERA 2014 Brown Lecture in October

Apr. 17, 2014

James D. Anderson, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education and the Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the upcoming Brown Lecture in Education Research. The announcement was made at the AERA annual meeting which recently concluded in Philadelphia. Read more...

Professor James Anderson elected to Center for Advanced Study at Illinois

Aug. 8, 2013

James Anderson, department head and Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, has been elected a Professor in the Center for Advanced Study (CAS) at the University of Illinois. The appointment was approved by the University's Board of Trustees in late July, and the position will become effective August 16. Read more...