Andrew Yarrow
Senior Fellow

Andrew L. Yarrow is a PPI Senior Fellow, journalist and author, and historian whose work has focused on issues relating to social and economic well-being, public finance, and contemporary U.S. culture. A former New York Times reporter, he has also worked for the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Department of Labor (where he was a political appointee during the Clinton Administration), Oxfam America, Public Agenda, and the Export-Import Bank; taught 20th-century U.S. history at American University; and has consulted for organizations ranging from UNICEF and the World Bank to the Kettering Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Institutes for Research. At the Times, he covered subjects ranging from the arts and education to business and social trends.

Yarrow is also a Senior Fellow in the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute, an affiliate scholar with the Institute for American Values, and an affiliate faculty member at George Mason University.

He writes for publications such as The Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the L.A. Times, the Washington Monthly, and Education Week. He has also written many scholarly articles, blogs and chapters of books. Yarrow has spoken on and moderated many public panels and has appeared often on TV and radio. Many of his writings can be found at

Yarrow lives in the Washington, DC area, and has master’s degrees from Princeton and Harvard Universities and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, and has studied in Britain and France.