Alumni (National Fellow)

Andrew Morris

National Fellow
East Dover, Vermont
M.A. Brown University
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2002)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Alice O'Connor
University of California, Santa Barbara
Fields of Interest:
Social History
Social Issues


Andrew Morris is associate professor of history at Union College. Andy received his B.A. from Brown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia. At Union College, he teaches contemporary American history, particularly political history and environmental history. His research focuses on the history of public policy, and in particular, social welfare policy. His first book, The Limits of Voluntarism: Charity and Welfare from the New Deal Through the Great Society (Cambridge, 2009) examined the role of voluntary organizations in the welfare state over the course of the twentieth century and was awarded the Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s Virginia Hodgkinson Research Book Award in 2010.

Andy’s new book project, tentatively titled Race, Rights and Disasters: Hurricane Camille and the New Politics of Disaster Relief, focuses on the history of disaster policy in the United States, told through the lens of Hurricane Camille in 1969. It has been supported by both a Summer Stipend as well as a Fellowship from the National Endowment from the Humanities, and is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press for publication in their Politics and Culture in Modern America series. In 2014, Morris was awarded Union College’s college-wide teaching award, the Stillman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Thesis Description:

Charity, Therapy, and Poverty: Private Social Service in the Era of Public Welfare

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