Dr. Sheldon Anderson

Sheldon Anderson

Professor of History

244 Upham Hall
Office hours: Email to set up online meeting, anytime M-F


  • 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

  • Jump Shooting to a Higher Degree. Nebraska, 2021
  • Twin Cities Sports: Games for All Seasons (editor). University of Arkansas Press, 2020.
  • 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 writing a book on NCAA sports