Andrew was born in New Orleans and raised in Montreal, Canada. He graduated from McGill University with an honors B.A. in history and received his Ph.D. in early modern history from Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He spent 10 years teaching at Columbia, Barnard College, City College and NYU before joining the Berick Center for Student Advising in 2005. He has lived in New York since 1984, except for one year in London, England, but he's still not sure if he's a New Yorker.