Douglas Anderson

Douglas Anderson

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Douglas Anderson
Professor, Department of Inter·disciplinary StudiesOnline Writing Specialist
Office: Online
(716) 880-2114

About Douglas Anderson

Douglas Anderson, professor of English and Digital Literacies in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, joined Medaille College in 1985, having taught previously at Texas A&I University after getting a graduate degree in fine arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1993, Random House published his novel First and Ten. Anderson also published in Texas Monthly, Kirkus Reviews, and small press magazines and he edited legal and juvenile books.

During a sabbatical year in 1998, Anderson taught himself web technologies, database programming, and web server management. Teaching in Medaille’s MBA program, he developed webs that replaced printed textbooks and all the rest of the paper in his courses and created an online community of learners supplementing his face-to-face classes.

During a sabbatical year in 2008, Anderson lived in the Netherlands, where he researched the life of Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), the father of microbiology. Anderson got a grant the following year to develop the web at, powered by the Drupal content management system. Since then, spending every summer in the Netherlands, Anderson has been mining 17th century Dutch archives. Lens on Leeuwenhoek has grown to become the most comprehensive Leeuwenhoek resource online.

During a sabbatical year in 2016, Anderson returned to the Netherlands as a guest researcher at the Huygens Institute for Netherlands History, which specializes in digital humanities. Anderson wrote a book-length bibliographic essay about Leeuwenhoek’s publications and was appointed co-editor of the long-running series Alle de Brieven / The Collected Letters of Leeuwenhoek.

In 2017, Anderson began teaching all of his courses online. To further his research on the history of science, he moved to the Netherlands, where he remains a guest researcher at the Huygens Institute. In addition to the Lens on Leeuwenhoek web and numerous conference presentations, Anderson’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Annals of Science, Studium, and the British microbiology journal Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. Volume 17 of Alle de Brieven / Collected Letters was published in 2018; the final two volumes are forthcoming.


B.A., University of Texas
M.F.A., University of Massachusetts

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