William A. Anderson
William Anderson joined the staff of the National Academies in August, 2001. He is associate executive director in the Division on Earth and Life Studies and director of the Disasters Roundtable in the National Research Council. From June 1999 to June 2001, he served as senior advisor in the Disaster Management Facility in the Infrastructure Division at the World Bank while on leave from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
For more than 20 years, he held various positions at NSF, including program director, section head, and acting division director. While at NSF, he was responsible for developing multidisciplinary natural hazards research programs and providing oversight for such large-scale research activities as the NSF-funded earthquake engineering research centers and the cooperative program on wind engineering. During his career with the federal government, Anderson also held concurrent assignments with other agencies, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of State. Prior to his appointment at NSF, Anderson was associate professor to full professor of sociology at Arizona State University. He received his PhD from Ohio State University. He also taught at Kent State University and Ohio State. At Ohio State he was field director at the Disaster Research Center where he guided teams conducting research on the impacts of natural and technological disasters in the U.S. and abroad. He has co-authored two books, and is the author or co-author of numerous research reports and professional journal articles.