Amanda Smith Byron, EdD, is a social justice educator with over 30 years of experience working with diverse communities to heal trauma and transform conflict. Dr. Byron is especially interested in transforming bias and hatred, forging creative strategies for individual and collective responses.
Dr. Byron has been a core faculty member of the Program in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University since 1998/1999, where her research interests center around postsecondary peace pedagogy. She has served a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, and has received multiple awards for her excellence in teaching. Amanda earned her BA in Business Administration at Lewis and Clark College, her MA in Intercultural Management at World Learning/School for International Training, and her EdD in Educational Leadership at Portland State University (Storytelling as Loving Praxis in Critical Peace Education: A Grounded Theory Study of Facilitating Action Toward Social Justice in Postsecondary Education).
Dr. Byron's current research focuses on unsettling the role of identity in conflict and social justice work, understanding enmification and hatred as root causes of violence, developing peacebuilding strategies to effectively address religious conflict, and engaging participant hope and participant discomfort in transforming our collective legacy of injustice.
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Creativity Studies Arts and healing Diversity Ethnic/Racial Identity Models Transformative Social Change Conflict Resolution Violence Hate/Bias Crimes
- Education History
Degree Institution Year Ed.D. Portland State University, Portland, OR 2011 MIA School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT 1993
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Board Member Peace and Justice Studies Association Board Member Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue