Professor Armstrong joined the Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law faculty in 2010. She is a leading national expert on prison and jail conditions and is certified by the U.S. Department of Justice as a Prison Rape Elimination Act auditor. Her research focuses on the constitutional dimensions of prisons and jails, specifically prison labor practices, the intersection of race and conditions of incarceration, and public oversight of detention facilities. She teaches in the related fields of constitutional law, criminal procedure, law and poverty, and race and the law. Andrea Armstrong is an elected co-chair of the Community Advisory Group for the New Orleans MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge and a founding boardmember of the Promise of Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on death penalty abolition and prison conditions. Professor Armstrong is a graduate of Yale Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she completed her M.P.A. in International Relations, and New York University.
After graduating from law school, Professor Armstrong served as a clerk for the Honorable Helen G. Berrigan of the United States Eastern District of Louisiana. She also litigated prisoners’ rights issues, among others, as a Thomas Emerson fellow with David Rosen and Associates in New Haven, CT. She has been admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and Louisiana state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Prior to law school, Professor Armstrong’s research focused on international human rights and regional conflict dynamics. She has worked with the Center on International Cooperation at NYU, the International Center for Transitional Justice, as well as the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the U.N. Commission on Human Security. She also taught policy modules on democratization at the Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University.
J.D., Yale Law School, 2007; M.P.A., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 2001; B.A., New York University, 1996.