Andrew Schrank

Watson 307

Research Interests

Comparative Sociology: Political, Economic, Historical


Andrew Schrank received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2000 and is currently the Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He previously taught political science and sociology at the University of New Mexico, the University of Miami, and Yale University.

Professor Schrank has received grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council; consulted for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and a number of federal agencies; served on a half dozen editorial boards; and collaborated with Somos un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant rights organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Center for a New Economy in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His research has been published by leading journals in political science, sociology, international development, and Latin American studies, and he recently co-authored Root-Cause Regulation: Protecting Work and Workers in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard 2018) with Michael Piore of MIT.

Professor Schrank’s current research interests include the migration, training, and protection of unskilled workers in the United States and Latin America; the organizational and professional bases (and consequences) of pharmaceutical access policies in the developing world; decentralized production networks and their management; and the conceptualization, measurement, and consequences of corruption.