C. Leigh Anderson joined the Evans School faculty in 1997. Her primary research interest is in how individuals living in poverty make financial, environmental, health, and other livelihood decisions, especially when outcomes are highly risky or spread over time. Her current research focuses on rural poverty and agriculture, and market and policy institutions.
Anderson also serves as the director of the Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development, and Global Citizenship and co-Director of the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) that provides ongoing research support to Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She teaches courses in economics, statistics, and international development.
Anderson previously taught for eight years at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She has also taught or been a visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, Renmin University of China in Beijing, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.
Anderson is a recipient of the University of Washington’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the UW’s Department of Economics Henry T. Buechel Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching.