Annie Anderson

Annie Anderson in the hall of a former penitentiary

Annie Anderson (she/her) is an American Studies PhD student at Rutgers-Newark. As a graduate assistant for the Humanities Action Lab, Annie has supported the Rikers Public Memory Project, managing social media, producing podcasts, and supporting its oral history efforts. Before starting her PhD program, Annie worked at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia for 9 years doing research on the prison's history and contemporary justice issues, developing exhibits, audio stops, public programs, and social media projects. Annie has collaborated with academics, genealogists, front line interpreters, and museum visitors. Her research interests include race, gender, sexuality, cities, vice, crime, and morality. She loves telling the stories of those whom history has largely forgotten. Annie is the co-author of the exhibit Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. She has also written for the Encyclopedia of Greater PhiladelphiaThe Public HistorianThe Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and Monument Lab.