Matthew Andersson

Matthew Andersson
Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Iowa, 2014
M.A., Sociology. The University of Iowa, 2011
B.A., Chemistry, Knox College, Summa Cum Laude, 2008
B.A., Psychology. Knox College, Summa Cum Laude, 2008


Dr. Matthew Andersson joined the Baylor faculty in 2016 after a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Andersson is a sociologist of health whose research focuses on health inequality as it unfolds across the life course and across differing national contexts. He studies socioeconomic inequalities in mental and physical well-being as they relate to childhood, adolescent, and adulthood factors. His research has yielded numerous publications in leading journals in the social and population health sciences on diverse contexts of health ranging from national policy regimes to schools, networks, workplaces, and families.

Recent Publications

Upenieks, Laura, Matthew A. Andersson and Markus H. Schafer. “God, Father, Mother, Gender: How Are Religiosity and Parental Bonds During Childhood Linked to Midlife Flourishing?” Journal of Happiness Studies

Andersson, Matthew A., Michael Alexis Garcia and Jennifer Glass. “Work-Family Reconciliation and Children’s Well-Being Disparities across OECD Countries.” Social Forces.
                                     Research Brief, UT-Austin Population Research Center (In Press)

Andersson, Matthew A. and Catherine E. Harnois. “Higher Exposure, Lower Vulnerability? The Curious Case of Education, Gender Discrimination, and Women’s Health.”  Social Science & Medicine 246:112780-112791.

2020Brazil, Noli and Matthew A. Andersson. “Mental Well-Being and Changes in Peer Ability from High School to College.” Youth & Society 52:687-709.

Coverage in Newsweek, CNBC, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider and other outlets

2020Schafer, Markus H. and Matthew A. Andersson. “Looking Homeward with the Life Course: Early Origins of Adult Dwelling Satisfaction?” Advances in Life Course Research 44:100328-100337.

Andersson, Matthew A., Lindsay R. Wilkinson, and Markus H. Schafer. Forthcoming "Does the Association Between Age and Major Illness Vary by Healthcare System Quality?" Research on Aging 41:988-1013.

Lynn, Freda B., Mary C. Noonan, Michael Sauder and Matthew A. Andersson. Forthcoming. “A Rare Case of Gender Parity in Academia.” Social Forces 98:518-547.

Brazil, Noli and Matthew A. Andersson. Forthcoming . “Mental Well-Being and Changes in Peer Ability from High School to College.” Youth & Society.

Andersson, Matthew A., Mark H. Walker and Brian P. Kaskie. 2019. "Strapped for Time or Stressed Out? Predictors of Work Interruption and Unmet Needs for Workplace Support among Informal Elder Caregivers.” Journal of Aging and Health 31:631-651.

Wilkinson, Renae and Matthew A. Andersson. 2019. “Adolescent Socioeconomic Status and Parent-Child Emotional Bonds: Reexamining Gender Differences in Mental Well-Being During Young Adulthood.” Society and Mental Health 9:95-110.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2018. “Higher Education, Bigger Networks? Differences by Parental Socioeconomic Background and Network Measures.” Socius 4:1-15.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Sarah K. Harkness. "When Do Biological Attributions of Mental Illness Reduce Stigma? Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Contextualize Attributions.” Society and Mental Health 8:175-194

Andersson, Matthew A. 2018. “Against All Odds or By Dint of Privilege? Happiness and Life Satisfaction Returns to College in America.” Socius 4:1-14.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2018. “A Discordance Weighting Approach to Estimating Occupational and Income Returns to Education.” Twin Research and Human Genetics 21:191-202.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2018.“Modern Social Hierarchies and the Spaces Between: How Are Subjective Status Inconsistencies Linked to Mental Well-Being?” Social Psychology Quarterly 81:48-70. 

Andersson, Matthew A. 2018. “An Odd Ladder to Climb: Socioeconomic Differences Across Levels of Subjective Social Status.” Social Indicators Research 136:621-643.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Joan K. Monin. 2018. “Informal Care Networks in the Context of Multimorbidity: Size, Composition, and Associations with Recipient Psychological Well-Being.” Journal of Aging and Health 30:641-664.

Relevant tracks:  Health and Society

Dr. Andersson's Full Curriculum Vitae.

Department of Sociology

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