Erin Anderson

Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology
  • B.S. Political Science, Minor in Environmental Studies from Boise State University, 1996
  • M.S. in Sociology from Purdue University, 1999
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Graduate Minor in Women’s Studies from Purdue University, 2004

My research interests are rooted in our gendered experiences and how these are influenced by family and work.  I am particularly interested in the study of masculinities and the ways individuals and institutions reinforce or create opportunity to challenge gender norms.  My recent research focuses on men’s management of their work and family roles and the way workplace culture and policy impacts this.


Read Dr. Anderson’s post on The Society Page’s Families as They Really Are blog -  Men: Uninterested, Hesitant, and Fearful to Step Away

Read Dr. Anderson’s post on the Masculinities 101 blog - Masculinity and Work-Family Policy

Selected Publications:

Anderson, Erin K., Raven Bishop, and Nancy Cross.  2018. “Dealing with Data: Instructing with Infographics in an Undergraduate Sociology Course” in College Teaching.


Anderson, Erin K. 2016. “Teaching Work and Gender in the 21st Century” in Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America, edited by Kristin Haltinner and Ryanne Pilgeram. Springer: The Netherlands.


Anderson, Erin K. and Catherine Richards Solomon, eds. 2015. Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe. New York, NY: Lexington Books.


Anderson, Erin K. 2015. “Could I be THAT Guy: The Influence of Policy and Climate on Men’s Paternity Leave Use. In Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe, edited by E. K. Anderson and C. R. Solomon. New York, NY: Lexington Books.


Anderson, Erin K. and Autumn Behringer. 2010. “Girlhood in the Girl Scouts.” Girlhood Studies 3(2):89-108.


Anderson, Erin K. and Jerry Van Hoy. 2006. “Striving for Self-Sufficient Families: Urban and Rural Experiences for Women in Welfare-to-Work Programs.” The Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political & Economic Inequalities. 10(1):69-91.


I routinely teach courses on:

  • Soc 101  Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 212  Sociology of the Family
  • Soc 213  Sociology of Gender
  • Soc 262  Self & Society
  • Soc 303  Social Theory
  • Soc 413  Work & Gender
  • Soc 462  Sociology of the Body
Professional Experience

Chair of Sociology, Washington College: 2016-Present; 2011-2014

Presenting collaborative research on gender and leadership with Rachel Martinez ’18 at the 2017 Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA.