Professor Chris Anderson

Professor Chris Anderson

Professor in European Politics & Policy

European Institute

+44 (0)20 7955 6067
Room No
Office Hours
Wednesdays 13:00-15:00
Connect with me

English, French, German
Key Expertise
Political Science, Public Opinion, Political Economy, European Integration

About me

Chris Anderson is Professor in European Politics and Policy.

A leading scholar in the area of comparative political behaviour, Anderson’s research is centred on issues of inequality and democratic representation and examines the micro-foundations of markets and democracy.

Past research projects have investigated the popularity of governments, dynamics of public opinion about European integration, and what drives people’s satisfaction with democracy. In other streams of research he has investigated the links between welfare states and citizen behaviour as well as patterns of political behaviour among immigrants in Europe.

Anderson’s research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, 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).

Anderson 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) and combines social science principles and methods with football data to understand player and team performance. He 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.

Anderson 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.

Previously, Anderson 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.

He serves on the Board of Trustees for the American School in London.

His full CV is available here.

Expertise Details

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