Loras College, 1997
B.A., Aquinas College, 1990
M.A., Syracuse University, 1992
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1997
Kristin Anderson-Bricker, Professor of History, began teaching at Loras College upon completion of an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in United States social and cultural history at Syracuse University in 1997. Her dissertation focused on the community dynamics within chapters of the Congress of Racial Equality in order to explore why social movements flourish and why they fall apart.
Building off of a specialty in race relations, Anderson-Bricker develops courses exploring the American past through reform initiatives from a variety of political persuasions. Anderson-Bricker also works extensively with the Loras College Center for Dubuque History (CDH) to assist students in developing skills in public history and as part of her own scholarship. In addition to integrating local history and the CDH into her courses, Anderson-Bricker began a multi-year faculty-undergraduate research project on the 1918 influenza epidemic in Dubuque in 2016. This ongoing project led Anderson-Bricker to two additional local history projects: an examination of the role of the Sisters of Mercy and other women religious in the public health of the Dubuque community in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as the Volunteer Nurses Association of Dubuque and its role in the public health of the Dubuque community during the same period.
She also works with student archival interns at the CDH on a variety of projects to make local history materials more accessible to the public including indexing the Father Wilkie Research Seminar Local History Collection, digitizing the Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Records and identifying women’s history resources in the collection. Her interests in women, reform and local history come together in an investigation of the early twentieth century suffrage movement in Iowa.