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Assistant Professor of Sociology Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD Northwestern University (2013)
Research Areas: historical and comparative sociology, political sociology, social theory
Elisabeth Anderson completed her PhD 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 US.
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.