Amanda is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in San Jose, Costa Rica and Andover, Massachusetts. She is a recent graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in both International Affairs and Spanish. At GW, Amanda performed extensive research on literature about military dictatorships, specifically in Chile and Argentina. Most recently, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile where she interned as a political analyst at a think tank. Living in Arizona and Central America has shaped Amanda’s interest in security in the region; she is pursuing the security studies concentration in the Master’s program with a focus on citizen security and rule of law. Most recently in Bogotá, she interned at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights working on a comprehensive strategy to protect human rights defenders and with the Public Information Unit. Amanda currently serves as the Vice President of the SFS LatAm Council and is the Graduate Coordinator of the BSFS Fellows at the Center for Latin American Studies.
Research Area — Substantive: Transnational / Organized Crime, Citizen Security