Dr. Kristin Anderson


PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

BA, University of Northern Iowa

(360) 650-7219

AH 522

Kristin Anderson is a professor in the Department of Sociology. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and English at the University of Northern Iowa in 1990 and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. She taught at Drew University in New Jersey prior to coming to Western in 2001.

Professor Anderson’s research examines gender differences in the experiences, interpretations, and consequences of partner violence.  Her interest in violence within families was enhanced by her work as a foster care social worker during a break from graduate school in 1992-93.  She is a member of the Board of Directors at Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County and served on the Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Team of the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence in 2012-2013.   She has a sideline interest in alternative sports, and enjoys exploring the Northwest via kayak, ski, and foot.

Faculty Research Interests

Gender, domestic violence, family

Selected Publications

Anderson, Kristin L. 2015.  “Victims’ Voices and Victims’ Choices in Three IPV Courts.”  Violence Against Women 21(1):105-124.    DOI: 10.1177/1077801214564166.

Anderson, Kristin L., and Jill Cermele. 2014. “Public/Private Language Aggression against Women: Tweeting Rage and Intimate Partner Violence.”  Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict 2(2):274-293 (Invited article).


Anderson, Kristin L. 2013.  “Why Do We Fail to Ask Why about Gender and Intimate Partner Violence?  Comment on Cui et al.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 75:314-318 (Invited commentary). 

Anderson, Kristin L., and Amanda J. Turner. 2010. “Theories of Family and Domestic Violence.”  Pp. 371-374 in  Enyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention (Vol. 1), edited by Bonnie S. Fisher and Steven P. Lab Sage. 

Anderson, Kristin L. 2010. "Conflict, Power, and Violence in Families."  Journal of Marriage and Family 72: 726-742 (Invited article, 2000-2010 Decade in Review Special Issue).

Anderson, Kristin L.  2009. “Gendering Coercive Control.”  Violence Against Women 15:1444-1457 (Invited article, special issue on Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life, by Evan Stark).  

Anderson, Kristin L. 2008.  "Is Partner Violence Worse in the Context of Control?" Journal of Marriage and Family 70:1157-1168.

Anderson, Kristin L. 2008. “Child Abuse.” Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (2nd Ed.), edited by Lester Kurtz. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Ltd.

Ellison, Christopher G., Jenny A. Trinitapoli, Kristin L. Anderson, and Byron R. Johnson.  2007. “Race/Ethnicity, Religious Involvement, and Domestic Violence.” Violence Against Women13:1094-1112.

Anderson, Kristin L. 2007. “Who Gets Out? Gender as Structure and the Dissolution of Violent Heterosexual Relationships.” Gender & Society 21:173-201.

Anderson, Kristin L. 2005. “Theorizing Gender in Intimate Partner Violence Research.” Sex Roles 52: 853-865.

Research Interests

  • Gender