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Christopher Anderson

Graduate Student

History Department


Building & Room:

UH 1000


601 S Morgan St.


Christopher was born and raised in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago and studied history and religion at the University of Illinois before pursuing separate master's degrees in theology and history. He specialized in environmental ministry, ecotheology, and church history at LSTC before researching the social history of religion in 19th-century America at NIU. His avocations include hiking, camping, fishing, and long-distance running.

Selected Grants

Department of History, Northern Illinois University, Earl W. Hayter & Alfred F. Young Endowment Grant, Graduate Student

Selected Publications

Anderson, Christopher W., “Native Americans and the Origins of Abraham Lincoln’s Views on Race,” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 37:1 (Winter 2016), 11-29.

Notable Honors

Summer 2018, Peter R. D’Agostino Memorial Scholarship, Department of History, UIC

Summer 2018, Social Sciences Research Council, Northwestern University

March 2018, Citation of Distinction for “U.S. Environmental History PhD Qualifying Exam,”, Department of History, UIC

Fall 2017, Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award, Graduate College, UIC

April 2016, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Northern Illinois University

Summer 2015, Large Grant, Department of History, UIC

May 2014, Lutheran Confessions Prize for “Martin Luther’s Anthropology in an Age of Overpopulation,”, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

May 2014, Bible and Lutheran Faith Prize for “Deuteronomy 23:24-25 and Allemänsratten: A Cross-Cultural Comparison", Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

July 2013, Eugene D’Aquili Prize for the Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation for “Food, Religion, and the Embedded Mind,”, Institute for Religion in an Age of Science

November 2012, Grand Prize for Best Poster Presentation for “Epic Education for the Care of Creation,”, Zygon Center for Religion and Science


B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
M.A.T.S. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2014
M.A. Northern Illinois University, 2016
Expected completion of Ph.D. in 2021

Courses Taught:

University of Illinois at Chicago:

HIST 100 -Western Civilization to 1648
HIST 101 –Western Civilization since 1648
HIST 104 –Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization
HIST/INST 105 –Global Transformations and the Rise of the West Since 1000
HIST 137 -Russia in War and Revolution

Northern Illinois University:

HIST 260 -US History to 1865
HIST 261 -US History since 1865

Selected Presentations

“Of Seminarians and Sequoias: ACMNP and Protestant Environmentalism, 1952-1962,” (forthcoming panel paper at American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, Ottawa, ON, March 2020)

“Walking Tour: Exploring Chicago Rivers,” (presentation at American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 31 March 2017)

“Resident Gentiles: The Story of the Non-Mormon Minority,” (invited lecture at Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium, Joseph Smith Historic Site, Nauvoo, IL, 6 February 2016)

“‘The Kingdom of God cannot rise independent of the Gentile nations’: Non-Mormons in Salt Lake City and the Construction of the Mormon Kingdom, 1847-1869,” (presentation at 8th Annual NIU History Graduate Student Conference, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 6 November 2015)

“The Gentile Brethren in Mormon Nauvoo, 1839-1846,” (presentation at 17th Annual Conference on Illinois History, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL, 24 September 2015)

“Covenantal Concern for Creation: An Exegetical Investigation of Pauline Cosmology and its Environmental Ramifications,” (presentation at “New Creation: Scripture, Theology, and Praxis,” Northeastern Seminary Conference, Northeastern Seminary at Robert Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY, 19 October 2013)

“Food, Religion, and the Embedded Mind,” (poster presentation at Institute for Religion in an Age of Science Annual Conference, Silver Bay, NY, August 2013)

“Epic Education for the Care of Creation,” (poster presentation at Zygon Center for Religion and Science Epic of Creation Poster Contest, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL, 26 November 2012)

Research Currently in Progress

"The Church in the Wildwood: An Environmental History of Outdoor Ministry, 1945-1980"


Research Interests:

Environmental and religious history of the United States, ecumenical Protestantism, spiritual ecology, the history of leisure and recreation, world history