Professor Ansell received his B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia in 1979 and worked at the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment from 1979 through 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1993.
His 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. Ansell has a strong substantive interest in public health and environmental policy.