Christopher J. Anderson

Christopher J. Anderson was a Professor of Government and Director of Cornell’s Institute for European Studies. He is now a consultant in Europe. A native of Germany, he studied political science at the University of Cologne, Virginia Tech, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his PhD. His research examines the micro-foundations of democracy and political economy. Past projects have examined the connection between material wellbeing and political behavior, and what shapes people’s attitudes about the economy and democratic governance in the European Union and the OECD countries. His most recent books are Losers’ Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy (Oxford University Press; with André Blais, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Ola Listhaug), and Democracy, Inequality, and Representation: A Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation; with Pablo Beramendi). Current research projects investigate the connection between welfare state policies and social, economic, and political behavior with the help of multilevel models that link macro-political conditions and individual cognition and behavior.

Anderson is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Heinz Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review, the Best Article Award from the Journal of Politics, and the Emerging Scholar Award from the APSA Section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior. Anderson has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, European Union Politics, and the Journal of Politics. Prior to coming to Cornell, Professor Anderson held permanent or visiting appointments at the University of Cologne (Germany), Rice University, Northwestern University, Binghamton University – SUNY, Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and the University of Oxford.


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