Katharine Andrew grew up in the northern suburbs of the Chicagoland area, spending summer and winter breaks in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Highest Distinction and Germanic Studies with Distinction, summa cum laude. Katharine also completed a minor in History.
Today, Katharine works as a Graphic Designer and Genealogy Teacher at the Lincolnwood Public Library District. She is a freelance Genealogy Teacher and genealogical research, as well as a freelance graphic designer. Katharine is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) Fort Dearborn Chapter, and a member of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Indiana Genealogical Society.
Katharine started her family history research as a child, joining her mother and grandmother on trips to archives, libraries, cemeteries, and court houses, as they researched their genealogy. Growing up, she was influenced to start working on family history research. She wrote her first genealogy report on her great-grandmother in second grade as part of a school assignment for family history month. At 16, Katharine took on the role of the unofficial “family historian.”
Upon graduation from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Katharine was awarded Highest Distinction in Political Science for her honors thesis “The State of a State in Conflict: How Regime Change Impacts the Likelihood of Civil War Negotiations.” She served as a research assistant under Professor Katharine Floros for three years also studying civil conflict peace negotiations and third-party intervention in civil conflicts. She was awarded Distinction on her degree for Germanic Studies for her contribution and service to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Germanic Studies Department and service as the president of the German Students Association for three years. She was a recipient of the 2019 Fruman and Marian Jacobsen Bridges Fund, which allowed her to travel to Scotland, England, Germany, and Austria and conduct genealogical research during the summer of 2019.
Other awards include the Milton Rakove Memorial Award for best paper in international relations in 2019 for her paper “The North Yemen Civil War: Resolution, Third Party Intervention, and Yemen Today;” the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) Grant in 2018 to 2019; the 2019 Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German Collegiate Award of Excellence; the 2019 Chicago Columbia Club Award for High Achievement in Germanic Studies for Graduating Seniors; and the 2019 Fruman and Marian Jacobsen Bridges Fund grant, which allowed her to travel to Europe to conduct genealogical research during the summer of 2019.