Benedict Anderson

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Benedict Anderson
Born (1936-08-26)August 26, 1936
Kunming, China
Died December 13, 2015(2015-12-13) (aged 79)
Batu, East Java, Indonesia
Citizenship Irish
Fields Political science, Historical science
Institutions Cornell University (Professor Emeritus)
Alma mater B.A., Cambridge University
Ph.D., Cornell University
Doctoral advisor George McTurnan Kahin
Doctoral students John Sidel

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.

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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]

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