Amanda Byron

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Richard and Maurine Neuberger Center
Suite RMNC 131
1600 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
Office Hours: By Arrangement


Courses Taught

Academic Writing
Dispute Systems Design
Enmification: The Art and Consequence of Enemy Making
Intercultural Conflict Resolution
Interpersonal CR
Intro to CR
Grant Writing for CR
Media Violence
Love and Hate
Peace Education
Perspectives in Conflict Resolution
Restorative Justice
Understanding Violence
What's Love Got to Do with It: Love and CR
Writing for Peace

Academic Career

BA Lewis and Clark College: Business/Non-profit Management
MA World Learning/School for International Training: Program in Intercultural Management
EdD Portland State University: Educational Leadership


Personal Statement

Amanda Smith Byron is a social justice educator with over 30 years of experience working with diverse communities to heal trauma and transform conflict. Dr. Byron is an Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University, where she directs the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project, and focuses teaching and research on unsettling the role of identity in conflict, understanding enmification and hatred as root causes of violence, and developing peacebuilding strategies to effectively address ethnoreligious conflict. Current research interests are focused on the restoration of dignity in the aftermath of atrocity.

Dr. Byron earned her BA in Business Administration at Lewis and Clark College, her MA in Intercultural Management at the School for International Training, and completed her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. Her dissertation is entitled, Storytelling as Loving Praxis in Critical Peace Education: A Grounded Theory Study of Postsecondary Social Justice Educators.

Current research interests, within critical peace education and violence prevention, include further exploration of loving praxis as a pedagogy of change, storytelling as a means to engage students in democracy, creativity as a conflict resolution practice, and the exploration of how identity and culture influence conflict.