Andrew JC Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham is a Marshall and Truman Scholar pursuing a DPhil in education at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.

Over the last 10 years, Andy has emerged as a global leader in advancing access to quality education through innovation for the most marginalized children.

In 2006, Cunningham co-founded the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER) in Muhuru Bay, Kenya as the first girls’ secondary boarding school and community centre for development in the region.

In 2011, Cunningham earned his MSc. in Comparative International Education at Oxford University. Now, as a DPhil candidate, Andy’s research seeks to understand local realities of school leadership for school improvement in Kenya through the use of SMS-based exercises in action research across 812 public primary schools.

Throughout the last ten years, Andrew has served as an innovative education consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, DC Public Schools, the International Education Funders Group (IEFG), World Learning, and Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation on issues ranging from children’s leadership in national education policy to the post-2015 development agenda for education worldwide.

Andy graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 2008 with a double major in International Comparative Studies and Chinese. He is the recipient of the prestigious Robertson Scholarship Award, Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award, Oxford’s Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Award (2014), The President of Duke University’s Beyond Duke Young Alumni Award (2014) and was named 1 of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen’s Symposium (2012). He has been a featured speaker at the United Nations Youth Assembly, UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Education Summits, and the Kenyan Primary School Head Teachers Association Annual Conference sharing audience with His Excellency, the President among other dignitaries. His work has led him to travel and work in Jamaica, Cameroon, China, India, Tanzania, Malawi, the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, and Kenya among others.


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • St Antony's College

Research groups

  • Comparative and International Education