Carnegie Mellon University

Andrew Ramey, Ph.D.

Andrew Scott Ramey, Ph.D.

Senior Academic Advisor, History

  • Baker Hall 240-G
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Pronouns: he/him/his

Office Location: Baker Hall 240-G
To schedule a meeting: https://go.oncehub.com/AndrewRamey

Andrew advises all majors in Ethics, History and Public Policy, Global Studies, and Social and Political History. He also advises all minors sponsored by the History department: Social & Political History, Anthropology, African & African American Studies, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, and Science, Technology & Society.

How long have you been at CMU and how did you get here?

I first came to CMU as a History graduate student in 2009 to study environmental history. I got my PhD in 2015 and briefly worked in the nonprofit sector before coming "home" to CMU's History Department in 2017 and “the rest is history.”

What was your undergraduate major? How did you end up deciding on it?

Ha! I was a History and Philosophy double-major, because if you haven't figured it out yet, I am a huge History nerd, and I've always loved reading, writing (and arguing!) about the past.

When was a time when you struggled or encountered a setback? How did you respond?

One of my biggest setbacks was actually getting into college. I was rejected at all my top choices, and ended up going to my "safety school." This was a really humbling experience and made me question myself a lot. But my dad encouraged me to keep an open mind, and I ended up loving my college experience (Hail to Pitt!!). Plus, I met an amazing person while at Pitt who became my wife and best friend, so I would say it worked out well in the end!

What is one of your favorite quotations?

This is hard! But I think this quote from Marcel Proust sums up why I value and love working in higher education: “We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world." I think about that a lot when helping my advisees on their journeys, and on my own.

What is a recommendation for a fun thing you like doing in Pittsburgh?

Check out Pittsburgh's amazing parks! Parts of Schenley Park look like they've been lifted from a fairy tale, and Frick Park has some deep enough woods you feel like you can really escape the city and be in nature.