Amanda came to the documentary world from academic research on China and authoritarian politics. She didn't stray far when she joined Ark in 2020 working on a forthcoming series about an authoritarian religious fundamentalist group in the American Southwest. Collaborating with research institutes, Amanda also produces multimedia content on China and writes articles for publications including Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.
Amanda hails from Helena, Montana and spends as much time as she can in the mountains, climbing, skiing, running, and biking. Amanda graduated from Princeton University before moving to China on a fellowship to pursue a masters in international relations and begin production on a documentary about Chinese feminist activists.