Communication Studies Faculty

John Dennis Anderson

Associate Professor (1989)

B.A. Baylor University
M.A. Baylor University
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

John Dennis Anderson

Dr. Anderson, a performance studies scholar, focuses his research in the area of narrative theory and performance. He is the author of The Student Companion to William Faulkner (Greenwood, 2007). In addition to publishing articles in Text and Performance Quarterly, he has served as Book Review Co-Editor for the journal. Most recently, his essay on stage adaptations of Edith Wharton's fiction appeared in the Cambridge University Press volume Edith Wharton in Context. Dr. Anderson was co-recipient of the National Communication Association's Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance in 2013.

He performs nationally in his one-person shows as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, Lynn Riggs, and Robert Frost. Listen to an audio podcast of his performance as Frost at the Seattle Public Library. He has received Chautauqua grants to present humanities programs on early America, the Civil War, the 1930s, the Centennial of Oklahoma statehood, and Hollywood's Impact on American Culture. Dr. Anderson is a former Chair of the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association and served as Director of the Honors Program at Emerson for ten years.

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The Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College will be host a variety of special events dedicated to the Dia De Los Muertos Mexican holiday.

Events will feature three Mexican artists, David Silvah, Nuria Bak and Claudia Rodriguez, who will honor student Jocelyn Straus and actor Robin Williams.