Degree and Year:
Associate Professor of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario
Professional Background:Amanda Grzyb is associate professor of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where her teaching and research focus on comparative genocide studies (the Holocaust, Rwanda, Sudan), social movements, and media & the public interest. She is a core faculty member in Western's Media and the Public Interest undergraduate program, which explores the relationship between social justice & media studies and prepares students for careers or additional research related to nonprofits and NGOs. Her recent publications focus on genocide memorials and news media coverage of genocide. She is the editor of The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan (MQUP 2009) and co-editor of Conflict in the Nuba Mountains: From Genocide by Attrition to the Contemporary Crisis in Sudan (Routledge 2014). She also worked closely with Max Eisen, a Holocaust survivor from Toronto, as editor of his Holocaust memoir (HarperCollins 2016). Working collaboratively with other scholars and former Salvadoran refugees (who now live in repopulated communities of northern El Salvador), her new research and community-based memorial project explores the memories of the Salvadoran refugee camps in Honduras using photographs and audio interviews from peace delegates and former aid workers from the global north who spent time in the camps during the Salvadoran civil war. Amanda remains active on the issue of homelessness -- which was the primary topic of her dissertation at Duke -- through service to the community, including more than ten years on the Board of Directors at Unity Project, a local emergency shelter.
How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?:Access to excellent courses, brilliant faculty members, and diverse theoretical & methodological approaches have all helped make me the interdisciplinary scholar I am today.