Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson

BA with Honours University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MA University of Kansas
PhD Iowa State University

Office: EA3121
Phone: 403.440.8796
Email: jlanderson@mtroyal.ca

Research and Teaching Interests

Food and CultureHistory of Technology
Public HistoryAmerican Midwest
Agriculture and Rural LifeEnvironmental History



Teaching at Mount Royal University
HIST 1100: Introduction to History
HIST 1117: America to 1865
HIST 1119: The United States, 1865-Present
HIST 2212: Travel Study in American History
HIST 2216: The American Revolutionary Era, 1763-1800
HIST 2220: The U.S. as a World Power, 1898-1991
HIST 2291: Film and History
Race on Film
HIST 3357: Topics in American Culture
History of the American Family
America Eats: Food, Diet, and Agriculture in America
HIST 3358: American Environmental History
HIST 3802: Public History Field Experience
HIST 4405: Special Topics in Public History
HIST 4411: The American Civil War and Reconstruction

Current Projects
Pigs in America: Four Centuries of Contested Occupation (under contract with Northern Illinois University Press)

“Fixing the Technological Fix: The Rapid Rise, Fall, and Rehabilitation of Cytoplasmic Male Sterility in the Hybrid Corn Industry”

“From Destruction to Refuge: Defining Success in the European corn borer Control Effort in the United States and Canada, 1917-2010”

“From Remodeling to Ranch Houses: Iowa Farm Housing, 1940-1960”

Manufacturing Wilderness: A History of Virginia’s Most Contested Landscape, 1700-2012

Selected Publications
The Rural Midwest since World War II, editor. Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.

“Uneasy Dependency: Rural and Farm Policy in the Midwest since 1945,” in The Rural Midwest since World War II. Northern Illinois University Press, 2014

The Great National Struggle in the Heart of the Union: Midwestern Perspectives on the Civil War Era, co-editor with Ginette Aley. Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.

Industrializing the Corn Belt: Agriculture, Technology, and Environment, 1945-1972. Northern Illinois University Press, 2009.

“Lard to Lean: Making the Meat-Type Hog in Post-World War II America,” in Food Chains: From Farm Yard to Shopping Cart, edited by Roger Horowitz and Warren Belasco. Hagley Perspectives on Business and Culture Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

“The People’s University: Cooperative Extension and Outreach,” in Iowa State University: Tradition and Transformation, edited by Dorothy Schwieder and Gretchen Van Houten. Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.

“The Vacant Chair on the Farm: Soldier Husbands, Farm Wives, and the Iowa Home Front, 1861-1865,” Annals of Iowa. 66 (3&4) (Summer/Fall 2007): 241-265.

“War on Weeds: Iowa Farmers and Growth Regulator Herbicides,” Technology and Culture, 46 (October 2005): 719-744.

“’The quickest way possible’: Iowa Farm Families and Tractor-drawn Combines, 1940-1960,” Agricultural History, 76 (Fall 2002): 669-688.

Selected Honours and Awards
Honorable Mention, Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award for the most significant book published in Iowa history, State Historical Society of Iowa, 2010.

Research Reserve Grant, Mount Royal University, 2009.

Envirotech Prize 2007, awarded by a Society for the History of Technology Interest Group, for best article on the intersection of environmental history and history of technology. “War on Weeds: Iowa Farmers and Growth Regulator Herbicides,” Technology and Culture, 46 (October 2005): 719-744.

Book Reviewer
Agricultural History, American Historical Review, Annals of Iowa, Business History Review, Enterprise and Society, H-Environment, Indiana Magazine of History, Journal of Illinois History, Journal of Southern History, Journal of the West, Kansas History, Labour/LeTravail, Material Culture, New York History, North Dakota History, Ohio History, South Dakota History, Technology and Culture, and The Historian.

Selected Service
Chair, Program Committee, 2011 Agricultural History Society Annual Conference.

Program Committee, 2015 Agricultural History Society Annual Conference.

Member, Heritage Park Society Board of Directors, Calgary, Alberta.Under Western Skies: Conference Planning Committee, Mount Royal University.

Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy Exhibit Committee, University of West Georgia.

Referee for Journal of American History, Agricultural History, Technology and Culture, Kansas History, and McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Professional Affiliations
Agricultural History Society
Alberta Museums Association
Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
Society for the History of Technology