Kenneth T. Andrews

Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Social Movements

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About Kenneth

Andrews studies the influence of citizen groups, protest, and social movements on public policy. He has led two major studies investigating how local environmental organizations raise awareness of environmental problems and participate in policy-making. Andrews has authored an award-winning book on the legacy of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.


How Civic Associations Can Create Committed Leaders

  • Kenneth T. Andrews
  • Matthew Baggetta

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In the News

"How Protest Works," Kenneth T. Andrews, New York Times, October 21, 2017.
Kenneth T. Andrews's research on best practices for civic associations discussed in Jessica Ruvinsky, "What Makes Civic Associations Work," Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2010.
Kenneth T. Andrews's research on the role of the media in shaping public opinion discussed in Jessica Ruvinsky, "Making the News," Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2011.
Kenneth T. Andrews's research on leadership discussed in Rob Stott, "Study Looks at What Drives Volunteer Leaders’ Commitment," Associations Now, June 18, 2013.


‘Freedom is a Constant Struggle’: The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy (University of Chicago Press, 2004).
Shows that local civil rights organizing during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement had long term consequences for electoral power and social policy, especially where local organizations and leadership was sustained.
"Advocacy Organizations in the U.S. Policy Process" (with Bob Edwards). Annual Review of Sociology 30 (2004): 479-506.
Synthesizes theory and research on the participation and influence of advocacy organizations on the policy process.
"The Dynamics of Protest Diffusion: Movement Organizations, Social Networks, and News Media in the 1960 Sit-Ins" (with Michael Biggs). American Sociological Review 71 (2006): 752-777.
Examines one of the most influential waves of protest in U.S. history showing that news media helped encourage the spread of protest by college students in the South.
"Leadership, Membership, and Voice: Civic Associations That Work" (with Marshall Ganz, Matthew Baggetta, Hahrie Han, and Chaeyoon Lim). American Journal of Sociology 115, no. 4 (2010): 1191-1242.
Explains why some civic associations are more effective at developing skilled leaders, enhancing participation, and influencing their communities.
"Making the News: Movement Organizations, Media Attention, and the Public Agenda" (with Neal Caren). American Sociological Review 75, no. 6 (2010): 841-866.
Demonstrates that the news media pays attention to local civic organizations that have large membership, have paid staff, engage in routine advocacy, and address issues that overlap with media attention to economic growth and wellbeing.
"Leading Associations: How Individual Characteristics and Team Dynamics Generate Committed Leaders" (with Matthew Baggetta and Hahrie Han). American Sociological Review 78, no. 4 (2013): 544-573.
Shows how the commitment of leaders is greater in environmental organizations that work interdependently and share work more equitably.