Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ. (2012)
M.A., Case Western Reserve Univ. (2005)
B.A., Case Western Reserve Univ. (1999)
Dr. Andersson's teaching philosophy is best captured by the words, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” As such, her classes emphasize applied learning through illustrative class exercises, engaging discussion and assignments, and multiple learning mediums. For example, guest speaker Ohio State Senator Thomas Sawyer spoke on his U.S. House of Representatives committee work determining racial categories for the 2000 U.S. Census. Other past guests include an FBI agent specializing in hate crimes, a Rape Crisis Center prevention specialist, and a female Police Officer. Previously, she has taught Introduction to Sociology, Racial and Ethnic Groups, Social Inequality, Global Gender Inequalities, Gender in U.S. Society, Race, Class, Gender, and Health, Illness, and Social Behavior. Her research explores the links between stigma, suicide loss survivor identity, and health social movement participation following suicide loss. Her other research interests extend to medicalization; health inequalities; women’s health; race, class, and gender; and social justice.