Amanda J. Reinke investigates the bureaucratic and structural violence embedded in institutions to inform practice and ultimately improve interventions in conflict and disaster contexts.

I am interested in asking and answering questions that engage theoretically with contemporary scholarship on the nature, form, and effects of bureaucracies and bureaucratic violence in ways that will ultimately benefit practitioners. For example, research on tornado recovery in middle Tennessee amid COVID-19 is conducted in collaboration with the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency. Questions were created with the EMA and findings will be provided to them to support preparedness and response improvements.


I take my expertise into the community as a Be Red Cross Ready educator, a Field Monitor and Responder for the TRUST Network, and a workshop and training organizer. For example, in 2020 I co-organized and presented a workshop on "Navigating Political Conflict" with Dr. Saundra J. Ribando.

Last, but certainly not least, I am a dedicated teacher-scholar. For example, I am working with Mr. Cody Wehlan (PhD student) to investigate fantastical simulations, such as Dungeons and Dragons, as a pedagogical tool. I bring teaching and learning research findings back into the classroom to improve my teaching skills.

Professional Appointments:

2019-Present    Assistant Professor of Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University

2016-2019        Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Georgia College and State University


2016    PhD, Anthropology, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville


2016    Certificate, Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville


2011    BA, Anthropology, The University of Georgia


Professional Certifications:


2021    Trauma-Informed Mediation, Aenzi Institute

2020    Learn to Mediate Online, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

2019    General Mediation Training, Center for Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University (GODR registered)


2019    Certificate, Refugees and Forced Migration, York University

2014    General Mediation Training, San Francisco Community Boards


2012    Certificate, Best Practices in Teaching, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville