Dean, Faculty of Social Science
Professor of Sociology, Political Science, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Robert Andersen is a political sociologist and social statistician with a primary academic appointment in the Department of Sociology. He is also cross-appointed in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences and the Department of Political Science. Before being appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at Western in July 2015, 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 was the Senator William McMaster Chair in Political Sociology, the University of Oxford and Brock University. He often consults for government agencies and provides statistical training to faculty and graduate students at universities across the world.
Most of Andersen’s recent research explores the relationship between economic inequality and political attitudes and behaviours in a 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 toward redistribution, and civic participation. His published research includes Modern Methods for Robust Regression (Sage, 2008), and more than 65 academic 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.
For more information on the Dean’s research, teaching and administrative experience, see his CV.