A native of California, Amanda spent three decades as an academic, completing her BA at Reed College and graduate degrees at the University of California, Berkeley before becoming an award-winning instructor and scholar. She published seven books and gobs of articles in academic journals.
Now, Amanda describes herself as a “recovering academic.” She beavers away in the possibility space between art and social science. She completed an MFA in fiction and book arts at the University of Utah, and her poetry and fiction have appeared in Crack the Spine, Stone Path Review, Mulberry Fork Review, Bravado And Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts.
Amanda has two homes: Dunedin, New Zealand, where she holds an appointment at the University of Otago, and Salt Lake City, Utah. where she works as a Professor. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the New Zealand Association for Gerontology. The former editor of Journal of Gerontological Social Work, she serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Poverty and Psychosocial Intervention (a bilingual journal based in Spain).