Patricia Andrews

Patricia AndrewsSenior Lecturer, History and Political Science

Patricia Andrews has taught in the History and Political Science Department since 1999 and regularly employs new media and learning strategies in her classroom, having students blog and experimenting with integrating Skype video calls into classroom activities and assignments to enable students to interact with a variety of guest speakers who would not otherwise be able to “visit” the class. Virtual visits have included Jeffrey Cramer, Curator of the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, Massachusetts; Tracey Rosebud, director of the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Museum in Glendora, Mississippi; and Sister Rebecca Trujillo from Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Andrews is working on a book about the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and as part of her research has interviewed twenty-six Sisters so far in the US and Kenya. The recorded interviews will be housed in the Province Center archives and made available to NDNU faculty, students, and staff researching the Sisters and their work.

Andrews’ book is part of a deepening involvement with the Mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and of NDNU. She spent the winter break in 2013-2014 living in community with the SNDs in Kenya, touring the Sisters’ projects and developing a plan for the University community to partner with the Kenya Province of SNDs to fund scholarships for low-income Kenyan children to attend the Notre Dame school in Malava, Kenya. She is co-chair of NDNU’s Mission Integration Council; is an ongoing participant in the campus’s Catholic Social Teaching book circle, hosted by the Sisters of Notre Dame; and represented NDNU at Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life in Summer 2012.

Education

  • MA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Political Science, College of Notre Dame

Courses Taught

  • World History
  • US History (for International students)
  • America’s Ethnic History
  • State and Local Government
  • Freshman Seminar