Tutor for the Undergraduate Social Policy Option Course (224)
Amanda is a DPhil Candidate in Social Policy at Kellogg College and is currently a UN Volunteer at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe in the Divison of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being. She is also affiliated with the Transnational Studies Initiative at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University after serving as a research fellow there last year. She holds an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy (Oxon) and a BA in Dance, with minor degrees in both Economics and African Studies (Kansas). Previously, she was a Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services and a Co-Director of the Center for Community Outreach at the University of Kansas.
Under the supervision of Prof Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Amanda's doctorate research focuses on understanding the determinants of foreign aid in the social sector in order to further our understanding of transnational welfare arrangements. Recently, she has also been engaged with work examining social protection, refugee and migrant health in Europe, and intersectoral policymaking to address the social determinants of health. Under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Surender during her MPhil, she conducted a comparative study of the introduction of social health insurance systems in Ghana and Rwanda that focused specifically on the degree to which these reforms helped to achieve universal health coverage and whether or not they have proved to be financially sustainable.