Margaret Andersen received her M.A and Ph. D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. from Georgia State University, Atlanta. A Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Andersen's interests are the sociology of race and gender. Her most recent work is a new book, On Land and On Sea: Women in the Rosenfeld Collection, published by Mystic Seaport Museum. This book is a photographic essay of women across the course of the twentieth century, based on images in the Rosenfeld Collection of Mystic Seaport.
She is the author of several books, including Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender, 8th ed.; Race, Class, and Gender, 6th ed. (with Patricia Hill Collins); Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society 5 th ed. (with Howard F. Taylor); Sociology: The Essentials, 3rd ed. (with Howard F. Taylor); Understanding Society: Readings in Sociology, 3rd ed.(with Kim A. Logio); and Social Problems (with Frank R. Scarpitti and Laura L. O'Toole).
She has received the 2006 Jessie Bernard Award given annually by the American Sociological Association for scholarship widening the horizons of sociology to include women and the Robin M. Williams Lecture Award from the Eastern Sociological Society. She was also the 2004 Sociologists for Women (SWS) Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually to someone in the nation whose work benefits women.