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Erna Anderson

Ph.D.

Email: [[e|ehandersson]]
Research Interests: Fictional Orphans; Popular Culture; Comic Books and Graphic Novels; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Critical Race Theory; Intersectionality; Hot Air Balloons; Narratology; Narrative; Surveillance; American Myth; Identity Formation; Early Twentieth-Century Literature; Roads

Biography

Erna Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies who interrogates the function of fictional orphans and how they inform and are informed by American identity formation. Currently, Erna is collecting as many works of fiction she can find that center orphans, as that will enable her to discern patterns and shifts in regards to the treatment of parentless children, and what this says about how Americans have perceived themselves throughout the centuries.

Education

M.A. American Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2018

B.A. American Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2015

Selected Professional Experiences

Research Assistant – Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2015-2018

Course Instructor – American Literature II, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2016