Emily Hodgson Anderson

College Dean of Undergraduate Education

Professor of English

(213) 740-2531


Professor of English Emily Hodgson Anderson joins the Dornsife leadership team as the college dean of undergraduate education. Anderson, professor of English and a member of the USC community for 17 years, joins the leadership team after serving as the Dean’s Leadership Fellow for Graduate and Professional Education. This appointment immediately followed a term as the Dean’s Leadership Fellow in the Humanities. She has also served for eight years as director of graduate studies for the Department of English, and she previously served for three years on the USC Dornsife Faculty Council.

In her research capacity, she specializes in 18th-century British literature and culture and is the author of two books and numerous academic articles and chapters. Her most recent book, Shakespeare and the Legacy of Loss, examines 18th-century reenactments of Shakespeare.

She has received fellowships from the Huntington Library, the British Academy and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and her work for the popular press has appeared in The Literary Hub, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the new USC Dornsife literary journal Air/Light. She’s currently completing a collection of essays titled Shadow Work: Invisible Labor and the Writing Life.

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