Andrew Tirrell

Predoctoral Fellow Focused on the Role of Socio-Cultural Institutions in Fisheries Management

  • BA, Brandeis University
  • JD, Columbia University Law School
  • MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • PhD, 2015, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


Andrew Tirrell is an NSF-supported researcher and a lecturer at Tufts University and Boston College. He began teaching in 2011 as a teaching fellow in a Harvard graduate course entitled Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems, where he continues to teach sessions covering environmental policy-making, climate change diplomacy, resolving multi-stakeholder environmental challenges, and participatory approaches to natural resource management. He began teaching at Boston College in 2012, offering International Environmental Science and Policy in the fall semester, and Indigenous Rights and Natural Resources in the spring. He recently added a practicum course on researching and writing human rights reports to his course load. He began teaching at Tufts in 2013, offering a writing-intensive seminar on Global Environmental Politics through the Political Science Department. Before returning to the Fletcher School to pursue a career in university-level teaching and research, he practiced law in New York City and Latin America. His legal career included litigation with a major commercial law firm; representation on behalf of disabled students from minority backgrounds with a civil rights organization; and representation of indigenous groups from Panama, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He has also advised and consulted with international NGOs and domestic non-profit organizations, and was one of the lead authors of a 2010 human rights stakeholders report on Panama to the United Nations. He received his bachelor degree from Brandeis University in Classics and History, his juris doctor from Columbia Law School, and his master’s degree from the Fletcher School. He expects to receive his Ph.D. from Fletcher in 2015, focusing his doctoral research on the role of institutions in natural resource management policies.

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