Amanda F. Grzyb
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs
|North Campus Building Room 443
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88012
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
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.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS:
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 a core faculty member at Western's Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, an affiliate faculty member at the Centre for Women's Studies and Feminist Research and at the Africa Institute, and an associate scholar at Western's Holocaust Literature Research Institute. She also served on the advisory board of Canada's National Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research from 2009-2012. From 2010-2012, she served as the Communications Officer for the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) and remains very active with the union. She has 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.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS (in progress):
She is currently engaged in the following research projects: 1. A study of the changing landscape of Holocaust memorialization in post-Communist Poland. 2. Co-editor of a Routledge volume (with Samuel Totten) entitled The Nuba Mountains of Sudan: From Genocide by Attrition to the Contemporary Crisis; 3. She continues to conduct field research at genocide memorial sites in Rwanda, a project she's been working on since 2010. 4. She is a co-investigator 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.
Totten, Samuel and Amanda Grzyb, eds. The Nuba Mountains of Sudan: From Genocide by Attrition to the Contemporary Crisis. Currently under contract at Routledge with expected publication in 2014.
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.
SELECTED BOOK CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES:
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. “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. “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. She is not teaching in 2013-2014 due to administrative service as assistant dean. She will be on sabbatical in 2014-2015.
Her past courses include: 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 MS 9223: Representing the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Enrollment in the latter course included a required experiential learning component for two weeks in Rwanda in February (over Reading Week), which was funded by Western's International Curriculum Fund. During the trip, her students participated in workshops with Rwandan students and professors, visited genocide memorial sites, and met with genocide survivors. From 2009-2011, she ran a similar travel seminar course about Holocaust memorials, which included travel to the Czech Republic and Poland.