Bonnie Anderson

Professor Emerita

Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

A life-long New Yorker, Bonnie S. Anderson is a Professor Emerita from Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is currently working on a biography of Ernestine L. Rose, a nineteenth-century maverick feminist, Jewish freethinker, and abolitionist, which will be published by Oxford University Press. 

With Judith P. Zinsser, she co-authored the now-classic A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present.  First published in 1988 by Harper, this two volume work appeared in England, Germany, Spain, and Italy before the new revised 2000 edition from Oxford University Press.  She and Zinsser also wrote Women in Early Modern and Modern Europe in the American Historical Association's series, Women's and Gender History in Global Perspective.  Her last book, Joyous Greetings: The First International Women's Movement, 1830-1860 (Oxford UP, 2000) shows how early radical feminists in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany linked up to form the world's first international women's movement.  Professor Anderson lectures on international feminism, women's history, the history of sexuality, and the impact of the women's movement on American life today.  She keynoted both a feminist conference in Lyon and the Great Lakes History Conference in 2008.  Like the women she writes about, Bonnie Anderson combines writing with activism.  In recent years, she has worked to elect Barack Obama, to oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to support public education and women's rights.