Dr. Anderson's research focuses on the history of medieval Christianity Jewish-Christian relations, and how medieval religious and cultural configurations remain with us today.
Her first book, The Discernment of Spirits: Assessing Visions and Visionaries in the Late Middle Ages, was published in 2011. She is currently working on a book-length project about how the idea of Jewish childhood is deployed religiously and politically in Christian miracle stories, exempla, and saints' lives (mostly but not entirely of medieval origin).
Anderson advises and administers the Center for the Humanities' minors in Children’s Studies and Medical Humanities as well as its Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship Program. She co-teaches the Kling Seminar and teaches one additional course supporting the center’s minors each semester. In recent semesters she has taught: "Children and Childhood in World Religions" and "Religion and Healing."