Assistant Professor of History
History Program Coordinator
B.A., St. Louis University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Teaching and Scholarly Interests:
Early Modern Germany; South Africa; Early Modern Travel and Exploration;
History of Children and Childhood; Women's History;
Building the Englightenment
Faculty Research Award (2008, 2013)
Anne Good's dissertation, "Primitive Man and the Enlightened Observer: Peter Kolb among the Khoikhoi," discusses the first major account of the indigenous people of South Africa, then known as "Hottentots" and now more commonly called Khoikhoi. This account, Peter Kolb's Caput Bonae Spei Hodiernum, was published in Germany in 1719. It became the major authority on everything to do with the Cape of Good Hope in the course of the eighteenth century. In a thesis that is part biography, part book history, part colonial cultural history and part historical ethnography, Dr. Good argues that Kolb's complex work provides us with a rich mine of information about the Khoikhoi themselves and the early history of cross-cultural interaction at the Cape. Dr. Good is in the process of revising her work for publication.
Dr. Good's first year at Reinhardt University was as a member of the Academic Support Office, tutoring students taking History classes. The fun and challenge of working one-on-one with students with a variety of learning disabilities, was a wonderful experience that helped convince Dr. Good that Reinhardt really is "the way college should be." Since taking a full-time position in the history program, Dr. Good continues to enjoy getting to know her students. She teaches a variety of courses, beginning with the foundational Western Civilization survey, and including several multi-cultural upper level seminars. Because of her interest in travel, Dr. Good has co-ordinated Reinhardt's "Year of" program twice, providing students with a variety of lectures, films and other activities to expand their horizons.
"The Construction of an Authoritative Text: Peter Kolb's Description of the Khoikhoi at the Cape of Good Hope in the Eighteenth Century," Journal of Early Modern History 10/1-2 (2006): 61-94.
"Dressing and Undressing in the History of Discovery," Terrae Incognitae 39 (2007): 83-100.
"Childbirth and Infancy in the Formation of a New Society at the Cape of Good Hope in the Early Eighteenth Century: The Evidence From Peter Kolb," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 6:1 (Winter, 2013): 15-49.