Amanda entered the doctoral program in September 2015. Her areas of study are Comparative Politics and Gender and Diversity. Her interests are in African Politics, Gender Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution and DDR, as well as Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. Her dissertation work addresses The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States introduced by the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, which seeks to place ownership for peace-building and state building in the hands of conflict-affected and fragile states. Amanda seeks to address this policy as it relates to Sierra Leone and Liberia by looking at its exclusion of gender dimensions, assessing the implications of failed policy transference from the international to state levels, and what implications this has had for the shifting post-conflict gender structures in each country. This work is being completed under the supervision of Dr. Chris Brown and Dr. Doris Buss.
Amanda worked as an Intern in Mlolongo, Kenya in 2014, where she worked with a local NGO that provided outreach and employment services for women affected by HIV/AIDs in an effort to tackle associated stigmas. Amanda completed her Master’s Degree in 2013 at the University of Guelph where she studied Political Science with a concentration in Third World and Development Studies. Her Major Research project was titled “‘They Disarm the Boys but the Ladies Remain’: The Exclusion of Women and Girls and the Failure of Gender-Sensitive DDR Programming in Sierra Leone and Liberia” which focused on the implications of weak adherence of UNSCR 1325 following conflicts. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 with a BA (Hons.) in Political Science, Gen. Philosophy and a Research Specialization.