Dr. Shannon L. Anderson

Assistant Professor
Department: Sociology
Office: 304 Trout Hall
Phone: 378-5104



B.A., Tulane University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia 2007

Research & Teaching Interests:

Dr. Shannon Anderson joined the faculty at Roanoke College in 2010. Prior to RC, she spent time as a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, where she completed her doctorate and served as a lecturer. Dr. Anderson will teach core sociology courses such as Social Theory, Research Methods, and Introduction to Sociology, along with courses dealing with health issues, race/ethnicity, and others as they fit the needs of the department and student body. She will also serve as a co-sponsor of the Sociology Honor Society, AKD.

Dr. Anderson’s research interests are varied. She looks forward to pursuing her dissertation project, where she examined variation in stories of American identity over the 20th century, particularly as such change and variety related to immigration, the economy, and foreign affairs. Dr. Anderson considers why people take on the positions they do, what meaning they attach to national identity, and what contextual factors play a role in those determinations. In a quite different direction, she will be opening up a research agenda dealing with Autism that will be largely student driven. The idea will be to direct students as they get involved in projects in the community, be it with the new medical school or with local clinicians, and continue to work with them throughout the research process.

Available as a Media resource for the following topics:

American identity
Immigration and assimilation
Stigma and medical well-being

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on:

American identity
Immigration and assimilation
Stigma and medical well-being