Andrea Joseph


Andrea Joseph received her MSW from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Psychology and Mass Communication from Westfield State University where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar.  Before obtaining her MSW, Joseph worked as senior education advisor for The Educational Talent Search program where she advised over 150 students annually. There she primarily assisted underserved and underrepresented youth in pursuing their post-secondary goals.  Following her MSW, she worked for the Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut as assistant project director where she planned and facilitated anti-bias trainings for students and adults reaching over 20,000 participants a year with a cadre of trainers. Planning and facilitating these trainings shaped her current research interests in racial microaggressions and educational disparities among students of color. During the 2013-2014 academic year, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom where she earned a MA in Social Justice and Education focusing on racially disproportional suspensions in the UK. Similarly, Joseph’s dissertation utilizes critical race theory to problematize racially disproportional suspensions in US schools and the use of restorative practices as an intervention to address the discipline gap. Most recently Andrea was awarded a Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellowship providing school social work services at an alternative school setting working with 6-12th grade students that needed academic and behavioral supports.


Selected Publications

Goodkind, S., Schelbe, L., Joseph, A. A., Beers, D. E., & Pinsky, S. L. (2013). Providing new opportunities or reinforcing old stereotypes? Perceptions and experiences of single-sex public education. Children and Youth Services Review35(8), 1174-1181.