Bachelor in History, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 1971. Master of Arts in History, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy in History, Harvard University, 1981.
He has taught at Harvard and at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is currently Professor of History. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center of Harvard University, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Together with Andrew Cayton (Miami University), he has recently published The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (New York: Viking.
London: Atlantic Books, 2005).
The series and book were released to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War, organized by French and Indian War 250 Incorporated., as part of a collaborative effort with a variety of museums, historic sites and educational workshops spanning several states. In late 2006, it was announced that Anderson and Cayton have been assigned the volume on the later colonial period (Volume II: 1674-1764) of the newest (and partially published) Oxford History of the United States.
Fellow: Royal History Society. Member: American Antiquarian Society, Society of America Historians, Colonial Society Massachusetts (correspondent), Massachusetts History Society (correspondent), Organization American Historians, American History Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta.
Married Virginia DeJohn, August 16, 1980. 1 child Samuel DeJohn.