Robert McAndrews

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department School of Social Work
Office Lafayette Annex 201
Phone 978.542.6815
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

IDS 730 Post-wwii Genocides
IDS 738 Refugee and Asylum Law: Policies and Programs
SWK 703 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives On Social Work and Social Welfare Policy
SWK 706 Community Practice and Social Change
SWK 715 Human Diversity and Social Work Practice
SWK 835R Social Work and the Law

Professional Biography

New England Law|Boston, Boston,Massachusetts

J.D.,May 2002

Concentration: International Law


Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, New York

Ph.D., Social Science, August 1985

Concentration: Public Policy


Syracuse University, School of Social Work, Syracuse,New York

M.S.W.,Social Work, May 1971

Concentration: Community Organization and Planning



Professional Interests

Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, Boston, MA– an independent,non-profit corporation providing legal services to asylum seekers and individuals facing deportation.

The Nazda Alam Foundation for Muslim Women Civic Engagement and Leadership,  Board of Directors

ASAPROSAR Development Fund,Inc.,Beverly, Massachusetts - an independent, non-profit corporation providing material and financial support to ASAPROSAR (the Spanish acronym for the Salvadoran Association for Rural Health) in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Founding member, Board member since 1995.

Pro-Búsqueda Association, San Salvador, El Salvador – Human rights investigations and advocacy for disappeared persons; liaison representative for Salvadoran-Americans residing in the United States.




Salem State College,School of Social Work,  Professor of Social Work, (1992-present).

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies,  Founding member, Executive Board Member

Social Work Courses: Community Practice;: Human and Cultural Diversity; Older Adult and End-of-Life Care Policies and Programs;Social Research; Social Work and the Law; International Study Trips:  El Salvador and Rwanda

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses: Post-WWII Genocides; Human Rights and International Law; Genocide; Refugee and Asylum Law, Policies, and Programs.


Selected Publications

Asylum Law Reform, New England Journal of International & Comparative Law, 8 (2002):103-124.

Memorandum of Law: International Law and State Practice Concerning Exclusions From Refugee Protection of Accused Persons, Rwandan War Crimes Prosecution Office,Arusha, Tanzania, April 2002.

Selected Presentations

SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies:  Re-Imagining Migration, Dec.20117

Episcopal Diocese of Greater Boston:  Immigration and Deportation: Policies and Practices, Nov. 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum on Racial Justice, NASW-MA Chapter:  Standing Up for Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S. and Abroad.

NASW-MA Chapter Symposium 2016: Immigration Law and Policies, April 2016

SSU Friends of the School of Social Work:  International Social Work and Social Development: The Salvadoran Association for Rural Health, Sept. 2012

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School: Forced Disappearances and the Struggle for Justice in El Salvador, Nov. 2012



Personal Interests

American and Massachusetts Bar Associations                                                            

American Society of International Law                                                                                  

American Immigration Lawyers Association

National Lawyers Guild