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Dr. Sanderson was born in Windsor, Vermont, on January 13, 1948. As the son of a Navy Petty Officer, Dr. Sanderson has traveled extensively along the eastern seaboard. Upon completion of high school at Trezevant High in Memphis, Tennessee, Bob worked briefly as an engineering draftsman before entering Memphis State University where he earned his B.A. in Sociology. Studying briefly at Oklahoma State University in 1980, he transferred to Louisiana State University and earned a Ph.D. in Sociology. Bob is married to the former Sonja McGough of Jonesboro, Arkansas, with whom he has one son, Ian Spencer Sanderson.

Dr. Sanderson is highly involved in the Native American Press Archives and the Sequoyah Research Center, which will soon be located in the Ottenheimer Library on the UALR campus. His teaching interests include Native American Studies, Deviance, Criminology, Gender Roles, and the Sociology of Mental Illness.

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