Amanda's research examines the processes of building, buying, selling and remodelling homes in Kyrgyzstan. She is interested in how the post-Soviet Kyrgyzstani state is constituted, experienced and evaluated through practices and discourses in domestic spaces. Her research engages with struggles over the economics, ethics and aesthetics of creating and purchasing homes. She is also interested in narratives about the relationships between contemporary homes and states with nomadic and socialist pasts.
Amanda completd a B.A. in Art History at Stanford University and an M.Ed. in Arts and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught in Ukraine, South Korea, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan and the U.S.