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Anders Bo Rasmussen
Associate Professor of US History
Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M
Phone: +45 6550 4664; email:

2011 (April 15): PhD in Journalism Studies, SDU.
2006 (August 17): MA (cand.mag) in American Studies (Major) and Journalism (Minor), SDU.
2003 (June): BA in History, SDU.

Current and most recent positions
2018-: Associate Professor, Center for American Studies, SDU.
2017-2018: National Media Museum curator.
2013-2017: Assistant Professor of US History, Center for American Studies, SDU.
2012-2013: Teaching Assistant, Center for American Studies, SDU.
2011-2013: External Lecturer, Center for Journalism, SDU.
2011: External Illustration Editor for Tom Buk-Swienty: 1864 i billeder (1864 Illustrated). Gyldendal, 2012.
2007-2010 Ph.D. fellow, Institute for Political Science, Center for Journalism, SDU.
2006-2016: Freelance journalist for TV 2 Danmark.
2006-2007: Teaching Assistant in American Studies, SDU.

Selected Activities and Awards
2022: Visiting scholar at Northwestern University’s Department of History.
2022-: Vice President of Danish Association for American Studies
2021-2022: Carlsberg Foundation Monograph Fellowship
2019-: Executive Editor of American Studies in Scandinavia
2019-: Executive Committee member Nordic Association for American Studies
2019-: Health and Safety Representative (arbejdsmiljørepræsentant), Department of History, SDU
2019-2020: Book review editor of American Studies in Scandinavia.
2018: Franklin D. Scott Prize awarded by the Swedish-American Historical Quarterly.
2016-2017: J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship for research and teaching at New York University.
2016: Niels William and Dagmar Olsson Visiting Scholar Award from Augustana College.
2016: Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Grant to Scholars.
2014: The State Historical Society of Iowa’s Research Grant.
2013: Post doc grant by the Danish Research Council under Culture and Communication.
2013: Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Department of History, facilitated by Pulitzer Prize winning Professor Eric Foner.
2013: Arnold and Edith N. Bodtker Grant Recipient from the Danish-American Heritage Society.
2008-2009 Visiting Graduate Student at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Communication as part of Ph.D. program at SDU.
2005-6: Member of the student magazine Rubicon’s editorial board and the Department of History Study Board.
2004 Honora Rankine-Galloway Student Award recipient from the American Embassy in Copenhagen.

Scientific focus area
Anders Bo Rasmussen’s research examines transnational relations between the United States and Europe from the middle of the 19th century to the present. He has published on immigration history, slavery and capitalism, cultural diplomacy, and Americanization. His latest book project Civil War Settlers: Scandinavians, Citizenship, and American Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2022), examines transatlantic diplomacy and Scandinavian immigrant enclaves in the years bracketing the Civil War. His work on American history, culture, and society has appeared in (inter)national publications such as NDR, Weekendavisen, Kristeligt Dagblad, and Politiken among several other outlets.

Selected Conferences and Invited Talks
2022: Workshop presentation of “Louis Pio’s White Vision” at Northwestern University.
2022: C19 Conference, Coral Gables, Florida, presiding over panel “Scandinavian Reconstructions.”
2021: Augustana College, Illinois invited online talk on the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.
2020: Bildmuseet, Umeå invited online talk “From Civil War to Civil Rights”
2020: Malmö University invited online talk “BLM Transnational Histories”
2019: Salzburg Global Seminar: American Studies Association Symposium (invited scholar).
2019: “The 1862 Dakota War: Media and Memory” at Nordic Association for American Studies Conference in Bergen.
2018: University of California, San Diego, invited online class talk on “American Sports and Culture Wars”
2017: “Danish-American Abolitionism” paper presented at the Grundvig Center’s “History of Emotions” Conference in Copenhagen.
2017: “Should the Freed Negroes Have the Vote?” paper presented at the Nordic Association for American Studies Conference in Odense.
2016 Southern Historical Association, Tampa, presiding over panel “Slaves of the State.”
2016 University of California, San Diego, invited online class talk on Comparing Media Systems.
2016 Odense Bys Museer (Odense City Museums) invited seminar talk on “American encounters.”
2016 Historiske Dage (Historical Days), Copenhagen, invited talk on the American Civil War.
2014 Rigsarkivet, Foreningen for Nordisk Nonfiktion, invited talk on History and Narrative.
2014 Bogmessen (Book Fair), Copenhagen, invited talk on the American Civil War.
2014 Society of Civil War Historians, Baltimore, co-presenter of conference paper “Lincoln and Seward
on colonization in Danish St. Croix” (with Michael Douma).
2013 University of Mississippi, The Center for Civil War Research Conference, paper presented “An
Act of Colonization.”
2010 “Future of Journalism” seminar, Lysebu, Norway, Invited paper “The Jeremiad over Journalism.”
2006 Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study Conference i Oxford paper presented
“Scandinavians and Ethnic Identity in the American Civil War.”

Other scientific qualifications
Journalism and Media Studies

Memberships and International Network
2022-: member of C19
2021-: member of Immigration & Ethnic History Society
2017-: member of the Organization of American Historians.
2014-: member of The Society of Civil War Historians.
2007-: member of both the Danish and Nordic Association for American Studies.

Parental leave (9 months in all)
2017 January (remaining 10 weeks held in spring of 2017)
2016 August 1 – August 21
2016 May 30 – July 3
2016 January 4 – January 18
2015 June 1 – August 16

Research areas

C19: American Civil War and Reconstruction, immigration history, gilded age, class, race, ethnicity, and transnational diplomacy.

Americanization, media sociology, narrative nonfiction, historical methods, war and culture.

External positions

Museum Curator, Odense Bys Museer

1. Nov 201731. Jul 2018


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