Thomas F. Anderson
The Dr. Scholl Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Professor Anderson is a specialist in the literature, history, and cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean. He is a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies and of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies. From the latter Anderson received a Faculty Residential Fellowship, which facilitated his research for his first book, Everything in Its Place: The Life and Works of Virgilio Piñera (Bucknell University Press, 2006). This comprehensive study of one of Cuba’s leading writers and thinkers of the 20th Century has been referred to as “a cogent and meticulously documented first book,” and “a must read for all those interested in Latin American Studies.”
Anderson has lectured and published widely on a variety of topics related to the Hispanic Caribbean, and his articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals including Revista Iberoamericana, Hispanófila, Revista Interamericana, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (San Juan), Latin American Theatre Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (St. Louis), Afro-Hispanic Review, among others. Professor Anderson’s second book, Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo, will be published by the University Press of Florida in early 2011. This groundbreaking study has been hailed as “a major contribution to the study of Cuban literature and culture” and “the most original and in-depth study of the heterogeneous body of texts associated with the literary and cultural movement known as Afocubanism.” Anderson is presently working on his third book, which will focus on depictions of the United States in the literature of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
With the establishment of two professorships and a scholarship, the Dr. Scholl Foundation has generously supported Notre Dame over the years. The foundation was funded with an estate gift of the late William M. Scholl, MD, founder of the famous foot-care products business.