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Amanda F. Grzyb
Associate Professor

North Campus Building Room 443
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88012

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506

Amanda Grzyb completed her Ph.D. in English at Duke University, where she wrote her dissertation on literary and cultural representations of American homelessness under the supervision of Professor Houston A. Baker, Jr. She also has an MA in English from Duke, an MA in Theory and Criticism from Western, and a BA in Combined Honors English and Philosophy from Western.


Dr. Grzyb's teaching and research interests include Holocaust and genocide studies; media and the public interest; homelessness; social movements and media; and American and African-American literature. She is an affiliate faculty member in Western's Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Western's Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, and Western's Africa Institute. She served on the advisory board of Canada's National Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research from 2009-2012. From 1997 to 2001, she was director of a residential summer camp program for children living in New York City Homeless shelters. She has also served on the board of directors at Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London since 2005, and has held the position of board chair since 2012. In 2014, she was an international federal election observer in El Salvador. In 2015, she was a Erasmus Mundus visiting scholar at in the European Studies Program at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.


Dr. Grzyb is currently working on a new collaborative project with the Comite de Historica Memoria Sobreviviente in Arcatao, El Salvador focused on photographs of the Salvadoran refugee camps in Honduras during the Salvadoran civil war. She is also engaged in research projects that focus on genocide memorialization in Rwanda and Poland. She is a co-applicant on a $1.3 million five-year CIHR-funded project led by Helene Berman (Nursing, Western): "Voices Against Violence: Youth Stories Create Change." Using a participatory action research (PAR) approach, her media working group is exploring both mainstream news media coverage of marginalized/vulnerable youth and youth media consumption. She also recently finished editing draft chapters of a memoir by Holocaust survivor, Max Eisen, for which she also wrote the historical Afterword. It will be published by HarperCollins on April 19, 2016.


Totten, Samuel and Amanda Grzyb, eds. Conflict in the Nuba Mountains: From Genocide by Attrition to the Contemporary Crisis in Sudan. Routledge, 2015.

Grzyb, Amanda, ed. The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, April 2009. Second edition published March 2010. http://mqup.mcgill.ca/book.php?bookid=2336. Foreword by Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Romeo Dallaire. Contributors include: Gerry Caplan, Brent Beardsley, Amanda Grzyb, Frank Chalk and Danielle Kelton, Eric Markusen, Eric Reeves, Samuel Totten, Carla Rose Shapiro, Daniel Listoe, and Peter Langille.


Grzyb, Amanda. "Curating Action: Comparative Genocide Exhibits and the 'Call to Action' at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the United States Holocaust Museum, and the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia." Karen Busby, Adam Muller, and Andrew Woolford, eds. The Idea of a Human Rights Museum. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Grzyb, Amanda. “Information Mobility, Human Rights Activism, and International Intervention in Darfur.” Suzan Ilcan, Ed. Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice. S. Ilcan, ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

Grzyb, Amanda: “From Kristallnacht to the S.S. St. Louis Tragedy: Canadian Press Coverage of Nazi Persecution of the Jews and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, September 1938 to August 1939,” Ruth Klein, ed. Nazi Germany, Canadian Responses, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Grzyb, Amanda. “Homeless Impersonations: the Urban Plunge and North-American Poverty Tourism,” Expositions, April 2011.

Smeltzer, Sandra and Amanda Grzyb. “Critical Media Pedagogy in the Public Interest,” Democratic Communiqué, 23:2 (Fall 2009).

Grzyb, Amanda. “Introduction: The International Response to Darfur.” The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan. A. Grzyb, ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

Grzyb, Amanda. “Media Coverage, Activism, and Creating Public Will for Intervention in Rwanda and Darfur.” The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan. A. Grzyb, ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.


Dr. Grzyb is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including Western's Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. In 2015-2016, she is teaching MIT 3901f: Getting the Message Out: Activism and the Mainstream Media; MIT 3931f: Century of Genocide; MIT 4999g: Media and the Public Interest Practicum; and a special topics course called Communicating Holocaust HIstory, which includes a two-week travel component to sites of Holocaust memory in Poland.