Andrew Byrne Keefe
Research Interests: Political sociology; law and professional ethics; state shaming and evidence-based policymaking; American democracy; network analysis
Andrew Byrne Keefe is a JD/PhD student in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University.
Prior to enrolling at Harvard, Andy served as an Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where he studied barriers to accessing federal programs, including Head Start and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. As a member of the steering committee for the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, he directed department-wide discussion panels on research methods for assessing dual language learners and policies for enhancing the cultural responsiveness of service providers.
At Harvard, Andy has become fascinated by social movements. He uses ethnographic methods to study how radical movement organizations in Boston work together despite wide-ranging ideologies, cultures, and identities. His research has led him to innovate a novel theory of collaboration in organizational networks, which he is currently testing with national administrative data from the Office of Head Start and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This work promises to contribute to literature on movements, ideology, American democracy, and cultural frames.
Andy's dissertation brings his fieldwork to the legal arena, where he is interested in the professional ethics of attorneys in the U.S. What makes these ethics distinctive? How have they evolved over time? How do they shape U.S. legal institutions and strategic litigation campaigns? In taking on these questions, Andy hopes to advance research in the sociology of law, political sociology, and legal studies.
Andy earned his B.A. in media and cultural studies from Macalester College, where he also received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for his commitment to public service. He is originally from Minneapolis, MN.
2013. BA, Linguistics and Media & Cultural Studies (Macalester College)