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Assoc Professor Karen Anderson

Assoc Professor

Karen Anderson

Associate Professor
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
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Karen M. Anderson is Associate Professor of Social Policy. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Washington (Seattle) and has held positions at universities in the Netherlands and Great Britain. Her research focuses on comparative social policy development, financialization and non-state social policy, and the impact of Europeanization on national welfare states. She is the author of Social Policy in the European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and the editor (with Ellen M. Immergut and Isabelle Schulze) of the Handbook of West European Pension Politics (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her research has also appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, West European Politics, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Journal for Labour Market Research, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Public Administration and Development, Journal of European Public Policy, and the Journal of Public Policy. Karen is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of European Social Policy and the Journal for Labour Market Research. She serves/has served on several scientific advisory boards in Germany and has participated in evaluation panels for social science research for the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), Netherlands Science Organisation (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Karen has been awarded research grants from NORFACE (2015-2018), The Gak Foundation in the Netherlands (2011-2014), the European Union (Fifth Framework, 2002), and Netspar (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement). Karen is active in several international scholarly organisations: • elected member of the Council for European Studies (2016-2020), serving on the annual conference program committees for Glasgow (2017), Chicago (2018), Madrid (2019) and Reykjavik (2020). • member of the International Committee for the American Political Science Association (2015-2018); committee chair 2017/2018. • member of the Executive Committee of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (2018-present). • division co-chair for the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (2019). Karen has held the following visiting positions: Fall Semester 2008/09 Free University of Berlin (visiting professor) May-July 2007 Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin (visiting researcher) June 2000; January 2007 Institute for Social Research (SFI), Copenhagen (visiting researcher) Sept. 1993-May 1994 Department of Political Science, Stockholm University (visiting doctoral researcher)


  • Associate Professor in Social Policy
    University College Dublin, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2018


  • Associate Professor in Social Policy
    University of Southampton, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Southampton, United Kingdom1 Feb 2015 - 31 Aug 2018
  • Associate Professor of Political Science
    Radboud University Nijmegen, Political Science, Nijmegen, Netherlands15 Aug 2005 - 31 Jan 2015
  • Assistant Professor of Public Administration
    Leiden University, Public Administration, Leiden, Netherlands15 Aug 2002 - 14 Aug 2005
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher
    University of Twente, Public Administration, Enschede, Netherlands1 Jan 1999 - 15 Aug 2002


  • BA
    University of Virginia
  • MA
    University of Washington
  • PhD
    University of Washington


  • Swedish
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • German
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Dutch; Flemish
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review