Christian Anderson

Assistant Professor

B.A. Individualized Interdepartmental Studies, University of Minnesota
M.A. Culture, Globalization and the City, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Ph.D. Geography, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Office: UW1-343
Phone: 425-352-5451
Email: cmander@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I believe that the best courses push students beyond what is familiar and comfortable. I strive to create learning environments that are intellectually rigorous and that also challenge students socially by working to decenter common assumptions about things like inequality, race, gender, and class. I try not to tell students what or how to think but to instead present them with perspectives that raise new questions about the world. Meanwhile, I provoke them to sort through information, decide what is important, synthesize it, and make critical arguments about it according to their own strengths. Wherever possible, my students are encouraged to use different learning styles and modes of thought—oral and visual as well as written; biographical and personal as well as analytical.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry: The City
BIS 340 Approaches to Cultural Research
BISCLA 318 Performance, Identity, Community, and Everyday Life
BISSEB 304 Institutions and Social Change
BCUSP 104/107 Stability and Change in Everyday Life


My research focuses on the ways that everyday practices intersect with broader political-economic and cultural processes in and across space, particularly in cities. I approach these questions using ethnography to empirically examine everyday life. In so doing, I emphasize the actual experiences and lived details of processes—for example, globalization and gentrification—that have previously been understood largely through abstract macro theory. My work also grapples with disquieting questions of inequality, structural violence, and human struggle as they are lived within these contexts.

Selected Publications

Anderson C. and Larson S. 2013. Editorial: Marginalia, or, the Knowledge of Excess. Social and Cultural Geography 14 739-743

Anderson C. 2013. Warped in the Field: The Gravity of the Margins on West Forty-Sixth Street. Social and Cultural Geography 14 792-802

The Revolutionary Picnic Collective. 2013. Intervention: Gleaning the Current Conjuncture. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography 45 779-784 (open access PDF)

Lost in Space? Ethnography and the Disparate Geographies of Social Process. Professional Geographer 64 276-285 (2012)

Review of Themis Chronopoulos’ “Spatial Regulation in New York City: From Urban Renewal to Zero Tolerance” Antipode  (2012)

Anderson, C. 2009. Review of Les Back’s ‘The Art of Listening’. Emotion, Space, and Society 2 74 (2009)

To what will we resort when capitalism is over? Human Geography 4 101-104 (2009)
[Collaboratively authored with the Spacetime Research Collective at the CUNY Graduate Center]

The Uses of Grand Plans. Progressive Planning 177 46-49 (2008)
[Collaboratively authored with students as an instructor at Hunter College, New York City]