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Full Name Elizabeth Anderson
Preferred Name Elizabeth Anderson
Pronouns she/her/hers
Country United States of America
Affiliation(s) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
About Me

Elizabeth Anderson is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  In 1987, she earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University, and joined the Philosophy Department at University of Michigan.  Professor Anderson designed University of Michigan’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, and was its founding director.  She has won fellowships from the ACLS and Guggenheim Foundations, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy, served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, and is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.  She is the author of Value in Ethics and Economics (Harvard UP, 1993), The Imperative of Integration (Princeton UP, 2010), Private Government (How Employers Rule our Lives, and Why We Don’t Talk About It) (Princeton UP, 2017) and numerous, widely reprinted articles in journals of philosophy, law, and economics.  She specializes in moral and political philosophy, social and feminist epistemology, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  She has written extensively on egalitarianism, the interaction of facts and values in social science research, the intersection of democratic theory and social epistemology, and pragmatism.  Her current research reconsiders the history of the Protestant work ethic from the 17th century to 21st century neoliberalism.

Expertise by Geography Europe, North America
Expertise by sub-field Economic Sociology, Economics of Race, Feminist Economics / Economics of Gender, History of Economic Thought, Political Economy