Anders Bo Rasmussen

  • Campusvej 55

    5230 Odense M


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Anders Bo Rasmussen (born 27 October 1978)
Assistant 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
2013-: 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.
2005-2006: Research Assistant for Tom Buk-Swienty: Slagtebænk Dybbøl (Slaughterhouse Dybbøl). Gyldendal, 2008.

Selected Activities and Awards
2016: 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.
2015: Finalist, Danish "Sports Book of the Year," for Pytlick – Fighter for fællesskabet (Pytlick: Fighter for Solidarity). People’s Press, 2015 (with Troels Mylenberg).
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 articles and books on immigration history, slavery and emancipation, cultural diplomacy, and Americanization. His current book project, a local and global history, entitled For God and Country: Scandinavians, Citizenship, and American Empire, 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 national publications such as Weekendavisen, Information, Kristeligt Dagblad, and Politiken among several other outlets.

Selected Conferences and Invited Talks
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
2017-: member of the Organization of American Historians.
2016-: member of International Association for Literary Journalism Studies.
2015-: member of Association for Nordic Nonfiction.
2014-: member of The Society of Civil War Historians.
2007-: member of Danish Association for American Studies and Nordic Association for American

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

American Civil War and Reconstruction, immigration history, race, ethnicity, transnational diplomacy.

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

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American Civil War Arts & Humanities
Immigrants Arts & Humanities
Colonization Arts & Humanities
Copenhagen Arts & Humanities
Pastors Arts & Humanities
Cold War Arts & Humanities
Narrative History Arts & Humanities
Chaplain Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2004 2019

The Impressment of Foreign-born Soldiers in the Union Army

J. Douma, M., Rasmussen, A. B. & Faith, R. O., 1. Apr 2019, In : Journal of American Ethnic History. 38, 3, p. 76-10

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

For Every Southern Boy: Confederate Commemoration and Modern Mythmaking at Gettysburg’s Sesquicentennial

Rasmussen, A. B. & Cory, E., 2017, Southern Exposure: Essays Presented to Jan Nordby Gretlund. Ærvold Bjerre, T., Juncker, C. & Nye, D. E. (eds.). Odense: Syddansk Universitet. Institut for Kulturvidenskaber, p. 93-104

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

How dared You take such constitutional liberty? a Swedish-American perspective on the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson

Rasmussen, A. B., Jul 2017, In : Swedish American Genealogist. 2017, 2, p. 6-7

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Activities 2013 2018

Cultural Politics of Sport: NFL and Culture Wars

Anders Bo Rasmussen (Guest lecturer)
3. Dec 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lectures, external teaching and course activities at other universities

USA, Trump og terrorisme

Anders Bo Rasmussen (Guest lecturer)
17. May 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Trump and the Party of Lincoln

Anders Bo Rasmussen (Guest lecturer)
12. Oct 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Danske immigranter i den amerikanske borgerkrig

Anders Bo Rasmussen (Lecturer)
23. Nov 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

I krig for Lincoln – Dansk blod i den Amerikanske Borgerkrig

Anders Bo Rasmussen (Lecturer)
22. Nov 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Press / Media

POTUS: Abraham Lincoln

Anders Bo Rasmussen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

PRM / Fox News som magtfaktor i amerikansk politik

Anders Bo Rasmussen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Fox News som magtfaktor i amerikansk politik

Anders Bo Rasmussen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media


Anders Bo Rasmussen


1 Media contribution

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The Franklin D. Scott Prize

Anders Bo Rasmussen (Recipient), Jan 2018

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions