Associate Professor of Sociology
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.
Andersson, Matthew A., and Laura Upenieks. Forthcoming. “How I Was Brought Up? Parental SES and Adult Work Conflict, Stress, and Satisfaction.” Sociological Spectrum.
Andersson, Matthew A., Lindsay R. Wilkinson and Markus H. Schafer. Forthcoming. “The Long Arm of Childhood: Does It Vary According to Healthcare System Quality?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Andersson, Matthew A., Renae Wilkinson, and Vida Maralani. 2023. “Revisiting Health Disparities Linked to ‘Some College’: Incorporating Gender and High School Differences.” Social Currents.
Andersson, Matthew A., Paul Froese, and Boróka Bó. 2023. “Out of Time, Out of Mind: Multifaceted Time Perceptions and Mental Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Time and Society.
Coleman, Max E. and Matthew A. Andersson. 2023.“Hurt on Both Sides: Political Differences in Health and Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Andersson, Matthew A., and Steven Hitlin. 2023. “Measuring and Explaining a College Dignity Divide in America.” Socius.
Andersson, Matthew A. and Steven Hitlin. 2022. “Subjective Dignity and Self-Reported Health: Results from the United States before and during the Covid-19 Pandemic.” Social Science & Medicine – Mental Health 2:100113-100121.
Andersson, Matthew A. 2022. “Seeing Class in Ladders: An Integrated Approach to Subjective Status and Self-Rated Health.” Sociological Perspectives 65:608-629.
Andersson, Matthew A., Vida Maralani and Renae Wilkinson. 2022. “Origins and Destinations, but How Much and When? Educational Disparities in Smoking and Drinking across Adolescence and Young Adulthood.” Population Research and Policy Review 41:521-558.
Andersson, Matthew A., Michael Alexis Garcia and Jennifer Glass. 2021. “Work-Family Reconciliation and Children’s Well-Being Disparities across OECD Countries.” Social Forces.
Upenieks, Laura, Andersson, Matthew A., and Schafer, Markus H. 2021. “God, Father, Mother, Gender: How Are Religiosity and Parental Bonds During Childhood Linked to Midlife Flourishing?” Journal of Happiness Studies. 22 (7), 3199-3220.
Hitlin, Steven, and Matthew A. Andersson. 2023. The Science of Dignity: Measuring Personhood and WellBeing in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press
“This wide-ranging and important book brings careful empirics to the crucial topic of dignity, including by showing its impact on health. The authors move our understanding of dignity to a whole new level, with a focus on the impact of resources on dignity, and more. I learned tons from them and so will you. “
- Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Harvard University Author of Seeing Others: How Recognition Works — and How it can Heal a Divided World
“Hitlin and Andersson’s book is a tour de force exploration of dignity – what it is, how and why it varies in populations, and why it is so important for human well-being and health.”
- Bruce Link, Professor of Public Policy, University of California Riverside and Professor Emeritus, Columbia University