Community Building, Development, and Organizing; Urban Poverty and Spatial Inequality; Community Engaged Research; Neighborhood Effects
Research Methods; Intervention Research; Social and Economic Development Policy; Macro Social Work Concepts and Theory
Andrew is passionate about working with neighborhood groups and residents to influence local development. Prior to entering the Brown School, Andrew worked as a community development professional in low-income neighborhoods and elementary schools on various initiatives including leadership development, youth programming, and deliberative dialogue projects. As a graduate student, Andrew worked on multiple community-engaged research projects focused on neighborhood program evaluation, community economic development, and community-police relations. Andrew earned a BSW from Missouri State University, and an MSW and MPP from the University of Minnesota.
As a doctoral student, Andrew has utilized community-engaged research methods to address the health affects of vacant and abandoned housing, examined the affects of community violence exposure and neighborhood conditions on mental health among youth living in public housing communities, assessed the effectiveness and methodological rigor of geographically targeted place-based community development interventions, and analyzed neighborhood relocation outcomes of child welfare-involved families participating in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Family Unification Program (FUP). Andrew has also utilized network analysis to explore community development policy networks within the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Programs.