Ronald (Ron) E Anderson

Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota


Contact Info:
Department of Sociology, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: (952) 473- 5910




Professional Synopsis

Currently, I am emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, having served on the faculty since 1968. This first phase of my career concentrated on technology, both applications to use computers in research and the evaluation of the impact of technology on society. To read about my accomplishments in these areas, please see my biographical summary on Wikipedia under the name "Ronald_Anderson." You will see that I kept very busy writing books, articles, technical reports and software applications.

I retired from teaching in 2005, but I continue to do a lot of research and writing. I have been Co-Editor of the academic journal, Social Science Computer Review, for 25 years, and continue in that capacity. And I still continue to do consulting work such as serving as an expert witness in court cases where the quality of relevant social science research is at issue.


The Compassionate Caring Project

Soon after retiring from teaching, I started work on the analysis of cross-national data on social well-being in affluent societies and constructed the Good Society Index.

In 2009, I established the Foundation for Compassionate Societies, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to support my research and the websites. My principal website effort so far has been to build and maintain the website This site is intended to promote greater compassion and less suffering. Currently it functions as a repository of information, especially short essays about suffering and/or compassion.

The Suffering Project

As a result of my work on conceptualizing and measuring compassion, I completed and published a paper entitled Caring Capital and developed a presentation called World Suffering, which led to contracts with Springer to publish two books on suffering.

The first book on suffering, which has been sent to the publisher, is entitled Human Suffering and Quality of Life - Conceptualizing Stories and Statistics. You can download a preprint of the 129-page book as a PDF file here.

The second book is an edited or contributed book for which at least 40 authors are writing chapters. The title of this book in progress is World Suffering and the Quality of Life. It will be published near the end of 2014. A Table of Contents and author guidelines can be retrieved here.

As a bi-product of working on these books, I compiled a list of 200 references on suffering and quality of life issues, which you can download as a Word file by clicking here.

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