Elisabeth Anderson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Science, NYUAD

Elisabeth Anderson

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Science

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


Elisabeth Anderson completed her Ph.D. training at Northwestern in 2013. Her areas of specialization are historical and comparative sociology, political sociology, and social theory. She is broadly interested in why states enact social policies to protect groups that cannot or do not advocate for themselves, and the role policy entrepreneurs play in such reforms. Her book monograph-in-progress is a comparative analysis of the political origins and evolution of child labor regulation in Europe and the U.S. Past work has explored how policy experts reformed consumer credit regulation in the early 20th-century U.S. Her published work includes “Ideas in Action: The Politics of Prussian Child Labor Reform, 1817-1839” (Theory & Society 2013), which won the Charles Tilly Award for Best Article from the American Sociological Association Comparative and Historical Section.