Kenneth (Andy) Andrews studies the influence of protest and social movements on politics, media, and social change.
He is interested in how relatively powerless groups 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 the dynamics of local civil rights movements in 50 cities across the U.S. South. Andrews has published in numerous journals including the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Mobilization, and Social Movement Studies. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, and he has held visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung, and Fudan University.