Matthew Andersson

Assistant Professor of Sociology
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2014 Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Iowa
2011 M.A., Sociology. The University of Iowa.
2008 B.A., Chemistry, B.A., Psychology. Knox College,  Summa cum laude


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

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

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. 2018. "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.

Andersson, Matthew A., Shana Kushner Gadarian and Rene Almeling. 2017. "Does Educational Attainment Shape Reactions to Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's disease? Results from a National Survey Experiment." Social Science & Medicine 180: 101-105.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Kenneth Vaughan. 2017. "Adult Health Returns to Education by Key Childhood Social and Economic Indicators:  Results from Representative European Data." Social Science and Medicine - Population Health 3: 411-418.

Kaskie, Brian P., Mark H. Walker and Matthew A. Andersson. 2017. “Efforts to Address the Aging Academic Workforce: Assessing Progress through a Three-Stage Model of Institutional Change.” Innovative Higher Education 42: 225-237.

Glass, Jennifer, Robin W. Simon and Matthew A. Andersson. 2016. "Parenthood and Happiness: Effects of Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in 22 OECD Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 122: 886-929.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2016. “Health Returns to Education by Family Socioeconomic Origins, 1980-2008: Testing the Importance of Gender, Cohort, and Age.” Social Science & Medicine – Population Health 2: 549-560.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2016.  “Chronic Disease at Midlife: Do Parent-Child Bonds Modify the Effect of Childhood SES?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57: 373-389.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Nicholas A. Christakis. 2016. “Desire for Weight Loss, Weight-Related Social Contact, and Body Mass Outcomes.” Obesity 24: 1434-1437.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Jennifer L. Glanville. 2016. “The Contingent Effects of Mental Well-Being and Education on Volunteering.” Society and Mental Health 6: 90-105.

Andersson, Matthew A. "The Long Arm of Warm Parenting: A Sex-Matching Perspective on Adult Children's Physical Health." Journal of Family Issues 37: 879-901.

Relevant tracks:  Health and Society

Dr. Andersson's Full Curriculum Vitae.

Department of Sociology

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