Amanda Grzyb

Amanda Grzyb's primary teaching and research interests include state violence, Holocaust and genocide studies, media and the public interest, social movements, memorials and commemoration processes, homelessness, and social justice. Her publications and community-based research projects focus on El Salvador, Rwanda, Nazi-occupied Europe, the United States, and Sudan. Since receiving tenure at Western in 2013, Dr. Grzyb has increasingly oriented her work toward collaborative projects with survivors of state violence, participatory and decolonial methodologies, and community partnerships that combine scholarly research with public and accessible knowledge sharing outcomes (such as exhibitions, community reports, human rights investigations, popular books, workshops, and public presentations). She is currently serving as the project director for Surviving Memory in Postwar El Salvador, a SSHRC-funded international research partnership committed to documenting the history of the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992) and preventing future violence. In 2021, the Surviving Memory team was awarded a $2.5M Partnership Grant from SSHRC (2021-2028), which is matched by $3.1M in additional contributions from the project partners. She also works with ACAFREMIN (The Central American Alliance Against Mining) and CRIPDES (The Association for the Development of El Salvador) to investigate human rights abuses against environmental defenders, document state violence, and support the safety and autonomy of communities that resist extractive projects and destructive industrial farming practices in their territories. Dr. Grzyb is a cross-listed as a Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and she is an affiliate faculty member at the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Duke University in 2007, where her scholarly training focused on American and African-American Literature, Theory and Criticism, and Holocaust Studies. She wrote her dissertation on literary and cultural representations of American homelessness under the supervision of Professor Houston A. Baker, Jr. Her doctoral studies were supported by a 4-year Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and a 1-year American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She also has an M.A. in English from Duke University, an M.A. in Theory and Criticism from Western University, and a B.A. in Combined Honours English and Philosophy from Western University.

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