Hannah Anderson

Profile pic Hannah Anderson

Ph.D. Candidate

Hannah Anderson's dissertation, "Lived Botany: Households, Ecological Adaptation, and the Origins of Settler Colonialism in Early British North America," is a study of botany in settler colonial contexts. Focusing on the English colonies of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Barbados and Jamaica in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Anderson analyzes how non-elite colonists shaped enlightenment science, and how settlers both sought and distanced themselves from indigenous ecological knowledge to create rationales for colonization.

In 2020-21, Anderson is the Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. In 2019-2020, she was the Friends of the APS Predoctoral Fellow in Early American History at the American Philosophical Society. Her work has also been supported by the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the John Carter Brown Library, the Wolf Humanities Center at Penn, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.


M.A., University of Pennsylvania (2016)
B.A. Honours, University of Victoria (2014)
University of Victoria Jubilee Medal in Humanities (2014)

Research Interests

Early America; environmental history; history of science; gender history; history of the body.