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Adrianne R. Andrews earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at Northwestern University. She has served on the faculties of Smith College (1988–93); the University of Pittsburgh (1994–2000); and the University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate School of Education (2000–01).
Dr. Andrews is co-editor (with Joseph K. Adjaye) of Language, Rhythm, and Sound: Black Popular Cultures into the 21st Century (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), and has lectured extensively on the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston in both academic and non-academic venues. Her publications also include articles and book chapters related to marital choices and family formation among highly educated American women. Dr. Andrews is currently in the process of writing a manuscript based on this research area, titled Academic Women Speak: Multi-cultural Narratives on Love, Marriage, and Career, which will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She currently continues to conduct research and teaching related to African American folklore and folk culture as a lecturer at Smith College.