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Eleanor (Ellie) Andrews


Eleanor (Ellie) Andrews

Educational Background

Cornell University
Ph.D., Developmental Sociology

The Pennsylvannia State University
M.S., Geography

Amherst College
B.A., Political Science and French


Eleanor (Ellie) Andrews is a lecturer with the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University for 2020-21. She earned her doctorate in Development Sociology from Cornell University (2020) and a master’s in Geography from Penn State University (2012). 

Before joining the Knight Institute, Ellie taught for Development Sociology and American Studies at Cornell, Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, several correctional facilities through the Cornell Prison Education Program, a Quaker high school, and the Peace Corps (the Islamic Republic of Mauritania). Her courses focus on environmental sociology, writing, research design, and inequality.  

Ellie’s most recent research is an examination of honey bee health and how beekeeping is changing as it becomes ever more difficult to keep bees healthy and productive. Honey bee health sits at the intersection of agriculture and conservation: when beekeepers think of honey bees as livestock, they turn to certain kinds of remedies; when they think of them as wild creatures, they turn to others. The research is therefore an entry point into debates over sustainability, the interplay between values and science, the changing imperatives of conservation, and more.  


  • John S. Knight Institute


Andrews, E. (2019). “The main objection to numerous small bee keepers”: Biosecurity and the professionalization of beekeeping. Journal of Historical Geography, 67, 81–90. 

Andrews, E. (2019). To save the bees or not to save the bees: Honey bee health in the Anthropocene. Agriculture and Human Values, 36(4), 891–902.    

Andrews, E., & McCarthy, J. (2014). Scale, shale, and the state: Political ecologies and legal geographies of shale gas development in Pennsylvania. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 4(1), 7–16.  

Andrews, E. & McCarthy, J. (2017). Micropolitics in the Marcellus Shale. In L. Horowitz & M. Watts (Eds.), Grassroots Environmental Governance: Community Engagements with Industry (pp. 188-208). New York: Routledge. 


Recently developed courses 

“Acute on Chronic”: Inequality and Injustice in the Era of COVID-19 

The Sociology of Sustainability 

New Narratives of Nature 

Writing in the Anthropocene

The “Third World Within”: Poverty and Paradox in the US