Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Robert Andersen

Professor (Cross-Appointed)

Dean of Social Science
Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Statistics

Robert Anderson

Ph.D, McMaster University
MA, Univeristy of Western Ontario
BA, University of Western Ontario
Telephone: 519.661.2053
E-mail: socsci-dean@uwo.ca
Office: Social Sciences Centre, Room 9438

Faculty Profile

Bob Andersen is Dean of Social Science His main academic appointment is in the Department of Sociology but he is also cross-appointed in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences and the Department of Political Science. 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. He also previously held faculty positions at McMaster University, where he held the Senator William McMaster Chair in Political Sociology, the University of Oxford and Brock University. He has also previously taught regularly at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan and the Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods.

Research Interests

Professor Robert Andersen’s general research interests are in political economy, social stratification and social statistics.

Current Research Projects

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. He has also been principal investigator or co-investigator for research grants totally more than $1,000,000.

Selected Publications


Applied Statistical Methods

2008: Andersen, Robert. Modern Methods for Robust Regression. Sage University Paper series on Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, 07-152. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Refereed Journal Articles

Inequality, Politics and Democracy

Political Behaviour and Elections

Applied Statistical Methods

Book Chapters

Inequality, Politics and Democracy

Political Behaviour and Electrions

Applied Statistical Methods