Kevin B. Anderson

Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara


Kevin B. Anderson is a Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. Before coming to UCSB, he was a Professor of Political Science, Sociology and Women’s Studies at Purdue University and earlier, a Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University.  He holds an MA and a PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and a BA in History from Trinity College, Hartford.

His research and teaching interests are in social and political theory, especially Marx, Hegel, Marxist humanism, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, and the Orientalism debate. He has also written on critical criminological theory.  Writing from a dialectical and humanist perspective, his work has concentrated on the Marxist, Critical Theory, post-structuralist, and post-colonial traditions and on the intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality with social theory.

Kevin Anderson at “Occupy LA,” November 2011

Currently, he is a participant in the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe, an international project to publish the whole of the writings of Marx and Engels, for which he is helping to edit a volume on non-Western and precapitalist societies and gender. He is also working, with Janet Afary, on “Theoretical Wars over the Middle East,” a study of Western intellectual perspectives on the Middle East and the rise of Islamism.  He has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1996), the International Erich Fromm Prize (with Richard Quinney, 2000), a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant (2001), and the Latifeh Yarshater Award for the Best Book in Iranian Women’s Studies (with Janet Afary, 2006).  Within the American Sociological Association, he has served terms as Chair of the Section on Marxist Sociology, as a Council Member of the Sections on Theory and on the History of Sociology, and as a member of the W. E. B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award Selection Committee.








Kevin B. Anderson in Istanbul, Turkey