Lecturer of Political Science
Director of Civic Education & Community Service Program
Interests: Religion & American politics, race, gender, and American Constitutional development
B.A., Clemson University
M.A., Baylor University
Ph.D., Baylor University
Andy teaches and writes on American politics, specifically the places where it intersects with religion, race, gender, class, and culture. Committed centrally to the ideas that education is to be transformational for learners and beneficial to the greater good, Andy's courses ask students to examine important social questions at the levels of theory, personal belief, and practice.
In addition to his teaching, Andy is also an active scholar. His first book, Stumping God: Reagan, Carter, and the Invention of a Political faith , was published by Baylor University Press. He is currently at work on an array of projects dealing with women's independence & rap music literacy, race and local affairs in the contemporary South, and an introduction to constitutional issues.
Along with his appointment in the Department of Political Science, Andy is also Director of the university's Civic Education & Community Service Program. He writes regularly for the Waco Tribune-Herald, provides commentary for several media outlets, coaches youth sports in Waco, and enjoys spending time with his family.
Prior to returning to Baylor, Andy served as Assistant Professor of American Politics and directed public service internships at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.
Courses at Baylor:
PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development:
An historical and institutional study of the background, content, development, and interpretation of the United States Constitution.
PSC 4370 Politics & Religion:
The dynamic interaction between religion and politics in the United States and other countries, including the effect of political outcomes in the context of voting, legislative and executive policymaking, and the law.
African American Politics:
Contemporary African American politics, including leading theories and paradigms, important social and political movements, prominent leaders, party politics, and the role of the "Black Church."
CCS 1100 Gender & Community:
This course aims to foster the development of student-citizens with enhanced gender consciousness. Through selected readings, guest lectures, class discussions, class preparations, and especially volunteer work, students develop knowledge and skills that enable them to interpret and evaluate life experience with enhanced concern for gender issues and commitment to civic responsibility. Open to all majors, this course emphasizes the status role of women and men as they are created and maintained in the community and around the world.
Stumping God: Reagan, Carter, and the Invention of a Political Faith. Baylor University Press, 2012.
Landmark Speeches on the Cold War, 1945-1991 (with Martin J. Medhurst). Under contract with Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming.
"A Constructivist Approach to Teaching Independence through Rap Music Literacy" (with Mia Moody-Ramirez), forthcoming.