Kenneth (Andy) Andrews recently joined the Sociology faculty at Washington University after spending twenty years on the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill. He studies the influence of protest and social movements on politics, media, and social change. He is interested in how relatively powerless groups are able to sometimes propel significant changes in society. Andrews has written extensively on the dynamics and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. South. In other projects, he has studied the leadership, participation, and influence of environmental groups and the local and state politics of prohibition. 

Current projects include: (1) the dynamics and policy consequences of Black Lives Matter activism in U.S. cities and (2) a long-term project investigating local civil rights movements in 50 cities across the U.S. South. Andrews has published in the American Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of SociologySocial ForcesMobilization, Social Movement Studies, and other social science journals. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, and he has held visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, University of Oxford, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung, and Fudan University. He will be a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar during the 2023-4 academic year.

Current  CV is available here. Links to current projects, articles, and course syllabi. Contact by email at


2023. “Black Lives Matter Protests and the 2020 Elections,” with Neal Caren and Micah Cohen, Social Movement Studies.

2021. New grant with Neal Caren and Rashawn Ray – “Protest, Policy and Racial Justice: The Impact of Black Lives Matter on Policing Reforms

2020. “Contemporary Social Movements in a Hybrid Media Environment,” with Neal Caren and Todd Lu. Annual Review of Sociology.

2019. “The Science of Contemporary Street Protest” with Dana R. Fisher, Neal Caren, Erica Chenoweth, Michael T. Heaney, Tommy Leung, L. Nathan Perkins, and Jeremy Pressman. Science Advances.

2018. “The Cultural-Cognitive Mapping of Scientific Professions,” with Gordon Gauchat. American Sociological Review.

2018. “Lawyers and Litigation in the Southern Civil Rights Movement,” with Kay Jowers. Law and Policy.

Dataset that Michael Biggs and I constructed titled “Sit-ins and Desegregation in the U.S. South in the Early 1960s” is available from ICPSR including measures from our American Sociological Review papers in 2006 and 2015.

2016. “The Legitimacy of Protest: Explaining White Southerners’ Attitudes Toward the Civil Rights Movement,” with Kraig Beyerlein and Tuneka Tucker Farnum, Social Forces.

2015. “Group Threat and Policy Change: The Spatial Dynamics of Prohibition Politics, 1890-1919,” with Charles Seguin, American Journal of Sociology.

2015. “Protest Campaigns and Movement Success: Desegregating the U.S. South in the Early 1960s” with Michael Biggs, American Sociological Review. 

2015. “Local Protest and Federal Policy: The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” with Sarah Gaby, Sociological Forum