Amanda is the David and Patricia Ekedahl Professor and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, US. Her research sits at the intersection of critical political science, political economy, political ecology, critical geography, and Central Eurasian area studies. Dr. Wooden received a PhD in International Relations and Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University, MA in International Studies from Claremont, and a BA in Russian and Political Science from Syracuse University. Dr. Wooden researches environmental policy and water politics, protests, extractive industries, climate change, environmentalism, and nationalism, primarily in Kyrgyzstan and the United States. She first lived in Kyrgyzstan in 2001, as a visiting lecturer in the ICP department of AUCA (then AUK). Dr. Wooden returned to Kyrgyzstan to live in Osh (2006-07) and Bishkek (2008-09), and for the last decade has regularly conducted research in Kyrgyzstan during the summer. In 2017-18, Dr. Wooden served as president of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS). She is a 2018-20 Fulbright Global Scholar, conducting research in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.