Kristin Anderson

she, her, hers, Chair and Professor

Current Courses

SOC 304: Statistics for Sociology

SOC 306: Sociological Research Methods

SOC 354: Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System

SOC 365: Gender, Bodies, and Sports

SOC 460: Advanced Topics in Family 


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 the gendered, raced, and classed 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 has served on the Board of Directors at Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County and 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 trails and waters of Northwest.

Research Interests

  • Gender, domestic violence, families

Selected Publications

Anderson, Kristin L., Hannah Bryan, Alexis Martinez, and Brandon Huston. 2021. Examining the Relationship between the Lethality Assessment/Domestic Violence High-Risk Team Monitoring (LAP/DVHRT) Program and Prosecution Outcomes.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advanced online first publication.  

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

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, special issue on Language Aggression and Conflict Against Women).

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).