Anna Gunderson

Anna Gunderson, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Political Science, Emory University
Research Areas:
Criminal Justice Policy
State Politics
Public Policy
Teaching Areas:
Policy Development
Politics of Bureaucracy
Policy Adoption

Anna Gunderson is an Associate Professor for the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Ph.D. in political science from Emory University in 2019. Gunderson's research focuses on American Politics, specifically examining the politics of punishment and mass incarceration. Her interests encompass criminal justice policy, state politics, the politics of race, and public policy. 

Gunderson has received several awards for her work, including the 2020 Mooney Prize for the best dissertation in state politics and policy, the 2020 Neal Tate award for the best paper on judicial politics presented at the 2019 Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, the 2019 Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Prize from the Public Choice Society, and the 2019 Best Graduate Student Paper from the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. 

Gunderson is actively involved in research projects on interest groups and social media, gender in American police forces, ban the box initiatives, state clemency and pardon policies, and police department use of social media.