Amanda earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where she wrote her honors thesis on human—other primate relationships in the contexts of a biomedical research facility, a zoo, and an animal sanctuary. This project focused on understanding how power structures allow for certain uses of primates in varying situations.
Her dissertation research will focus on the human—other primate interface in northern Peru to examine how local and western humans in the area perceive and relate to the yellow-tailed woolly monkey while also exploring how conservation could be both problematic and beneficial. Amanda is a Notre Dame Deans’ Fellow. Amanda has advanced to candidacy.