FIMS Profile

Amanda F. Grzyb
Associate Professor
Faculty Scholar

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4053
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. Since receiving tenure in 2013, Dr. Grzyb has focused her work on collaborative projects, participatory methodologies, and community partnerships that combine scholarly research with public and accessible dissemination outcomes (exhibitions, committee reports, popular books, workshops, public lectures).


Dr. Grzyb's primary teaching and research interests include Holocaust and genocide studies (Sudan and Rwanda), refugee studies, and the study of state-sponsored massacres (El Salvador); memory, testimony, and memorialization practices; 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, an experience that continues to impact her understanding of the world. She has also served on the board of directors at Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London since 2005, and held the position of board chair from 2012-2016. She served as an international federal election observer in El Salvador in 2014 and as an international observer at two municipal popular consultations on metallic mining in El Salvador: Arcatao (November 2015) and Cinquera (February 2017). 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 the Principle Investigator on a SSHRC-funded transnational, collaborative pilot research project based in El Salvador that focuses on the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1992), Salvadoran refugee experiences in Honduras, state-sponsored massacres of campesinos, and contemporary efforts to commemorate and seek justice for war crimes against civilians. Her collaborators include: Dr. Emily Ansari (Musicology, Western); Dr. Arlene MacDougall (Schulich Medical School, Western); Dr. Marjorie Ratcliffe (Professor, Hispanic Studies, Western); Alfredo Marroquin, Project Manager (Victoria Hospital and Fanshawe College, London); Ulises Unda Lara (PhD Candidate, Visual Arts, Western); Beatriz Juarez (PhD Student, Anthropology, Western); Jaime Brenes Reyes (PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, Western); Marithza Andagoya (MA Linguistics, Western); Mary-Carmen Lopez (PhD Candidate, Hispanic Studies); Juan Bello (Documentary Filmmaker and Producer, Triana Media, London); Dr. Molly Todd (Assistant Professor, Latin American History, Montana State University); Pedrina Rivera (Mayor, Suchitoto, El Salvador); Felipe Tobar (Mayor, Las Flores, El Salvador); Pedro Cabezas (SalvAide, El Salvador); Bernardo Belloso (President, CRIPDES, El Salvador); Miriam Ayala (Association of Survivors of Chalatenango Massacres and VP of CRIPDES, El Salvador), members of the Association of Survivors of Chalatenango Massacres and Arcatao's Historical Memory Committee.

Dr. Grzyb has recently completed smaller-scale research projects focused on the genocide memorialization in Rwanda and Poland, and she has published two edited books focused on state crimes in Sudan (Darfur and the Nuba Mountains). She was also 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," which is winding up this year. Using a participatory action research (PAR) approach, her media working group explored both mainstream news media coverage of marginalized/vulnerable youth and youth media consumption.

From 2012 to 2015, she worked closely with Holocaust survivor, Max Eisen, on the completion of his Holocaust memoir, By Chance Alone (HarperCollins 2016). The memoir was one of five finalists for the Taylor Award for non-fiction. In addition to editing and fact-checking draft chapters, she also wrote the historical Afterword. You can read a Western News story about the writing process here:


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. 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 has received multiple teaching awards throughout her career, including Western's Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012), the FIMS Award for Teaching Excellence (2012), the FIMS Award for Teaching Excellence by Part-Time Instructor (2006); Duke University Stephen Horne Graduate Instructor Teaching Award (1999); and Western University's Teaching Assistant Excellence Award (2005-2006). In 2017-2018, she is teaching MS 9100A/PMC 9700A:Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory; MIT 3901F: Activism and the Mainstream Media; MIT 3931G: Century of Genocide; and MIT 3953G: El Salvador: Mining, Agro-Toxics, and Environmental Crisis, which includes a one-week educational trip to El Salvador over Reading Week 2018 that includes meetings with environmental leaders and educators across the country (the travel component is taught in collaboration with our Salvadoran community partner, Pedro Cabezas, from CRIPDES and SalvAide).