Megan Andrew

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andrew Megan Andrew
Assistant Professor
1018 Flanner Hall




Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S., Utah State University

Research interests


Social Stratification

Quantitative methodology

Social Psychology.

Dissertation: Dynamics of Inequality in a Differentiated Post-Secondary System: Intrageneration, Intergenerational, and Social Psychological Perspective

Master's Thesis: The Inner Side of the Transition to Adulthood: A Qualitative Analysis of Youths' Subjective Understanding of the Transition to Adulthood


Fellowship: Institute on Systems Science and Health Training in Agent-Based Modeling, 2010

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Fellow, 2009-2011

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2009

ASA Graduate Student Paper Award, Sociology of Education, Honorable Mention, 2008

Select publications

Andrew, Megan and Robert M. Hauser. (December 2011). "Adoption? Evaluating the Formation of Educational Expectations." Social Forces.

Andrew, Megan and Erin Ruel, 2010. "Intergenerational Health Selection in Wealth: A First Look at Parents' Health Events and Inter Vivos Financial Transfers." Social Science Research 39(6): 1126-1136.

Andrew, Megan, 2010. "Retained and Re-Tracked: The Long-Term Effects of Primary Grade Retention and the Students Who Recover from Them." Center for Demography and Ecology Working Paper Series #2006-05. (Rev. February 2011). Under Review.


Megan Andrew received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 2009.  Andrew’s research interests include education, social stratification, quantitative methodology, and social psychology.  Her dissertation research evaluated different dynamics of social inequality in post-secondary education, including the formation of educational expectations.  Her dissertation research was supported by the Spencer Foundation and has been published in Social Forces.  Following the completion of her dissertation, Dr. Andrew received a post-doctoral research fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program at the University of Michigan to study education-health gradients among U.S. Latinos.  She is currently working on research on the intergenerational transmission of different types of post-secondary education and how parental influence and investments shape this transmission.  Professor Andrew is affiliated with the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.

Andrew, along with Jennifer Flashman, is one of the scholars at the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) working on the implications of Indiana's school choice laws on students' friendsships and achievement