Hannah Anderson (Friends of the APS Predoctoral Fellow in Early American History (to 1840)) is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation 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.
Research Project: “Lived Botany: Households, Ecological Adaptation, and the Origins of Settler Colonialism in Early British North America”