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Andrea Malkin Brenner

Assistant Professor Department of Sociology

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director of American University Experience (AUx)
  • Faculty Director, University College
Andrea Brenner is a sociologist and Director of University College, AU’s oldest and largest living-learning community. She joined the Department of Sociology faculty in 1999 and also serves as the Department’s Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Coordinator. Prior to coming to AU, Dr. Brenner worked in Student Affairs Administration at Mount Vernon College (now part of GW) and at The American Council on Education. She researches and writes about the sociology of education, teaching introductory sociology, families created by adoption, and on the life course: the birthing and dying practices in the United States. Dr. Brenner serves on the Editorial Board of SOC (McGraw Hill) and has published in The A-Z of Death and Dying, in Sex and Society, and in Sociology Through Active Learning. Dr. Brenner is also an adoption advocate and has served on the Board of Trustees of The Barker Foundation, Maryland’s oldest non-profit adoption agency, since 2006. She has received a number of teaching awards, including Professor of the Year at by the AU Student Confederation and the Faculty Award from the GLBTA Resource Center.


PhD, Sociology, American University
MA, Higher Education Administration, Boston College
BA, Sociology, Brandeis University

CAS - Sociology
Anderson - 1013
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Sociology Department


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    • EDU-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: AU Experience II
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  • Fall 2017

    • EDU-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: AU Exper I Peer Leadership
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