University of Portland

Andrew Guest PhD

College of Arts & Sciences, Core Curriculum Director

Psychological Sciences, Professor

Andrew Guest PhD



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Andrew Guest is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences with a courtesy appointment in sociology. He is also Core Curriculum Director for the University of Portland, working collaboratively with the Provost’s Council and the Academic Senate.

His interdisciplinary scholarly work is broadly related to development as shaped by socio-cultural contexts, with particular interests in schools, activities, and sports (especially soccer!) as developmental spaces for youth and communities. He has a longstanding interest in in sub-Saharan Africa, having been a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, undertaken dissertation research in Angola, taught study abroad in South Africa, and served as a Fulbright scholar in Tanzania. He also uses comparative lenses to address inequality in the US, having worked with youth programs in both Detroit and Chicago public housing communities and having undertaken research with high and low poverty schools in the Portland area.

At the University of Portland he teaches courses related to general psychology, developmental psychology, and sport in society, and served for six years as the first chairperson of the Department of Psychological Sciences. Professor Guest is always interested in applications of social science and applied research, ranging from field research and program evaluation with youth-serving organizations to assessment for improved learning outcomes in higher education.

For more, including information about Professor Guest’s book Soccer in Mind: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to the Global Game (2022, Rutgers University Press), see his UP faculty webpage.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Kenyon College
  • Master of Science, Miami University
  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago