Christopher Ansell is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Professor Ansell’s fields of interest include public policy, public administration, governance, and organization theory, with a geographical focus on Europe. His current research focuses on the collaboration of public and private institutions to manage risks and to govern unruly public problems. He has a strong substantive interest in public health and environmental policy.
Professor Ansell is currently a U.S. editor of Public Administration: An International Quarterly and is the author of Pragmatist Democracy: Evolutionary Learning as Public Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2011). He has been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, and the University of Hong Kong and has received an honorary doctorate in public administration from Roskilde University in Denmark. In 2000, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Berkeley's Division of Social Science.