Amanda Woomer graduated from Georgia State University in 2009 with an M.A. in Anthropology and the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006 with a B.S. in International Affairs and French. Her academic involvements include the American Anthropological Association, the American Evaluation Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the National Association of the Practice of Anthropology. Amanda enrolled in the INCM PhD Program at Kennesaw State to study nontraditional manifestations of conflict as well as novel and creative ways for managing the relationship between conflict and environmental conservation. In the long-term, she would like to contribute to practical and effective solutions for assessing and mediating the impact of conflict on conservation and vise versa. Amanda is currently working with Conservation International on the development, implementation, and evaluation of an environmental peace building manual.
Amanda’s research interests include evaluation’s role in supporting conflict sensitivity; the relationship between cultural, political, economic, and violent conflict and conservation; the use of peace and conflict impact assessments and similar evaluative tools in conservation settings; and cultural competency among international nonprofit organizations.
In addition to her graduate experience, Amanda currently works for The Carter Center as a Program Associate for the Democracy Program, focusing on extractive sector governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guyana. She previously worked on environmental education and community research with a conservation organization in Tanzania and as a knowledge manager for a telecommunications company in Atlanta. She speaks conversational French.