Professor Chris Anderson

Professor Chris Anderson

Professor in European Politics & Policy

European Institute

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Key Expertise
Political Science, Public Opinion, Political Economy, European Integration

About me

Chris Anderson is Professor in European Politics and Policy.

Chris is a leading scholar in the area of comparative political behavior. Centered around issues of inequality and democratic representation, his research examines the micro-foundations of markets and democracy and specifically how economic and political structures shape people’s judgments and behaviours.

Past research projects have investigated the economic sources of government popularity, the dynamics of public opinion about European integration, why people support EU institutions, and what drives people’s satisfaction with democracy. In another stream of research he has investigated the links among welfare states, income inequality, and citizen behavior. In recent years, he also has investigated the political behaviours and attitudes of immigrants in Europe.

Chris' research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and many others. Books include Losers’ Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy (Oxford University Press), and Democracy, Inequality, and Representation: A Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation).

Chris also is the recipient of several scientific prizes, including the American Political Science Association’s Heinz Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review and the Best Article Award from the Journal of Politics. He has served as President of the American Political Science Association’s Sections on European Politics & Society and Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior, and on the editorial boards of a number of top journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, European Union Politics, and the Journal of Politics.

Chris also has an interest in the political economy of sports. His book on football analytics, co-authored with David Sally, is titled The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong (Penguin). It tells the story of analytics in elite football and combines social science principles and methods with football data to understand player and team performance.  Anderson has extensive experience in the football industry and is a regular speaker at analytics and sports industry events, including the prestigious Sports Analytics Conference held annually in Boston by MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Chris previously held permanent or visiting appointments at Rice University, Northwestern University, the State University of New York, Syracuse University, the University of Oxford, Cornell University, and the University of Warwick. A native of Germany, he was educated at the University of Cologne, Virginia Tech, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his PhD.

Chris's full CV is available here.

Expertise Details

Political Science; Public Opinion; Elections; Political Economy; European Integration; Germany