Dr. Peter A. AndersenPhoto of Dr. Peter Andersen

Dr. Andersen is retired Professor Emeritus at SDSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication at Florida State University in 1975, an M.S. in Communication from Illinois State University in 1972, and a B.A. in Communication from University of Illinois, Chicago in 1969. He has been teaching at San Diego State University since 1981 and earned Professor Emeritus status in 2010.

His primary areas of research and teaching include nonverbal communication, relational communication, interpersonal communication, and health communication. He is an avid long distance runner, skier, kayaker, football fan, and wine collector.

He is author of over 150 book chapters and journal articles. His books include The Handbook of Communication and Emotion (1998, co-edited with Laura Guerrero), Nonverbal Communication: Forms and Functions (1999, 2008), The Complete Idiots’ Guide to Body Language (2004), and Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships (2000, 2007, 2011, 2014; coauthored with Laura Guerrero and Walid Afifi). He was president of the Western Communication Association and Editor of the Western Journal of Communication. He is a co-investigator on a number of major grants from the National Cancer Institute and the Center for Disease Control.