Andrew Pennock

Andrew S. Pennock

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Education & Training
Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2011
M.A., Political Science (Minor in Public Policy), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2007
B.A., Political Science and Mathematics, Clemson University, 2000

Arriving in 2015, Professor Andy Pennock came to Batten to teach courses in leadership, policy analysis, political institutions, and Virginia politics and policy.  Prior to joining the Batten School, he taught at Brown University where he was the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Applied Social, Economic, & Regulatory Analysis (ASERA) Group which partnered with government institutions, non-profit organizations, and other entities to provide technical expertise, policy analysis, and program evaluation.  A seasoned instructor, Professor Pennock won multiple teaching awards during his time at Brown and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Before completing his PhD in Political Science at UNC, Professor Pennock was a professional, non-partisan committee staffer at the North Carolina General Assembly.  He has continued his applied work through consulting with the Governor of Virginia, the United States Centers for Disease Control, the Rhode Island legislature, local school boards, and Serve Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s AmeriCorp home.  

Professor Pennock’s academic research examines public policy in the global economy as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.  His work has been published in Perspectives on PoliticsEconomics & Politics, and PS: Political Science & Politics.  He is currently writing a book with CQ Press. 


Outside of Batten, he is the father of four small boys who wrestle with him all the time.  He and his wife, Charity, love to cook, read, garden, travel, and have good conversation whenever they can.