Dr. Sheldon Anderson

Sheldon Anderson

Professor of History

244 Upham Hall
Office hours:  T 11:15-12:00, 2:00-3:00


  • PhD 1989, University of Minnesota
  • MA, University of Minnesota (Modern European History)
  • MA, St. Thomas College (Teaching)
  • BA, Augsburg College

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Twentieth Century Diplomacy
  • Modern Sports History
  • Modern East Central Europe

Courses Recently Taught 

  • HST 275 20th C. European Diplomacy
  • HST 296  World History since 1945
  • HST 355 History of Modern Sport
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone:  The Great War
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Cold War Olympics

Selected Publications

  • The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh: The Greatest Woman Athlete of Her Time, Rowman-Littlefield, 2017.
  • International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues, with Mark Allen Peterson and Stanley W. Toops, 4th edition, Westview Press, 2017.
  • The Politics and Culture of Modern Sports, Lexington Books, 2015.
  • "Soccer and the Failure of East German Sports Policy," Soccer and Society 12, no. 5, September 2011.
  • Condemned to Repeat It: Lessons of History and the Making of U.S. Cold War Containment Policy, Lexington Books, 2008
  • A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc: Polish-East German Relations, 1945-1962, Westview Press, 2000
  • A Dollar to Poland is a Dollar to Russia: United States Economic Policy Toward Poland, 1945-1952, Garland Press, 1993

Selected Grants and Awards

Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.) Research Grant, 2008

Work in Progress

Dr. Anderson is currently editing an anthology on Twin Cities sports, and is writing an article on the history of the rules of sports.