Robert Andersen

Bob Andersen is Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at Western University and Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Statistics. Before joining the faculty at Western, Andersen was Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. 

Most of Professor Andersen's recent research explores the relationship between economic inequality and political attitudes and behaviours in cross-national perspective. He is particularly concerned with how individual-level economic position -- measured by social class or income -- interacts with national economic conditions to influence outcomes considered important to the health of democracy, including tolerance, support for democracy, attitudes towards redistribution, and civic participation. His published research includes Modern Methods for Robust Regression (Sage, 2008), and more than 65 papers including articles in the Annual Review of Sociology, American Journal of Political Science, American Sociological Review, British Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Sociology, Journal of Politics, and Sociological Methodology.

Dr. Andersen will serve as the first director of the National Centre for Research on Poverty and Inequality (NCRPI).