A native of Minneapolis, MN, Andy first became interested in sociology while covering local politics for his high school newspaper—an activity that sparked his passion for researching social and economic inequality. He studied linguistics and media & cultural studies at Macalester College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2013. As an undergraduate, he drafted a policy proposal to address sociolinguistic bias in standardized testing that earned him a Truman Scholarship. After college, Andy researched survey methods for evaluating dual language learners as a research analyst and Madeline Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. He now studies economic sociology, social movements, and political organizations as a sociology and social policy PhD candidate and Inequality Fellow at Harvard University.
Andy began his teaching career as an ESL instructor for 15 Somali immigrants during his senior year of high school. In college, after volunteering at several NGOs in Oaxaca, MX, he taught afterschool Spanish for 4th and 5th graders through St. Paul Public Schools and tutored students young and old in the language. Given his current research interests, Andy is particularly excited to teach sociology, economics, and political science.
When he isn’t conducting research, Andy loves biking around Boston, taking trips to the arboretum, and learning new languages.