Amanda J. Reinke investigates the bureaucratic and structural violence in institutions to inform practice and ultimately improve interventions in conflict and disaster contexts.
I am interested in asking and answering questions that 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.
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
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