Benedict Anderson

American political scientist

Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) was an American academic and writer. He was the Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government & Asian Studies at Cornell University. He was best known for his book Imagined Communities, first published in 1983.

Benedict Anderson
Born(1936-08-26)August 26, 1936
DiedDecember 13, 2015(2015-12-13) (aged 79)
Alma materB.A., Cambridge University
Ph.D., Cornell University
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical science, Historical science
InstitutionsCornell University (Professor Emeritus)
Doctoral advisorGeorge McTurnan Kahin
Doctoral studentsJohn Sidel

Personal lifeEdit

Anderson was born in Kunming, China, to James O'Gorman Anderson and Veronica Beatrice Bigham. In 1941 the family moved to California.[1] In 1957, Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Cambridge University, and he later earned a Ph.D. from Cornell's Department of Government, where he studied modern Indonesia under the guidance of George Kahin. He was the brother of historian Perry Anderson.

Anderson died in Batu, Malang, in his sleep of heart failure on December 13, 2015 at the age of 79.[2][3]


  1. Lo, Elaine. "Benedict Anderson,"
  2. Tito Sianipar; Rezki Alvionitasari (December 13, 2015). "Indonesianis Asal Amerika, Ben Anderson, Meninggal di Batu". Tempo (in Indonesian). Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  3. "Asian scholar Benedict Anderson dies in his sleep in Indonesia". InterAksyon. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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