Chris Anderson

Professor of Government and Labor Relations, Cornell University

@soccerquant

Chris Anderson is Professor of Government and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches political economy and political sociology; he is also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Anderson has won a number of scientific awards for his research and has held appointments at leading universities, including Oxford University and Stanford’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. He also has taught management strategy at Cornell’s S.C. Johnson School of Management and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

A former semi-professional soccer player in his native Germany, Anderson also is a pioneer of soccer analytics. A behavioral political economist, he has consulted with stakeholders in the football industry on how to use information to make better decisions in an era of global competition for talent and success. Anderson’s book on soccer analytics is titled The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong. A “Moneyball meets Freakonomics” for football, it is co-authored with David Sally of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and will be published by Penguin this spring.