PhD Candidate, Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Amanda Bankston is a PhD student in public administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Stemming from professional experience spanning newsrooms, nonprofits, and communities across the country, her research interests center on how people work together to create more robust, healthier, and more equitable communities. Bankston’s work explores collective leadership, examining the process dynamics, competencies, and decision-making that drive effective collaboration for social change. As a facilitator, consultant, and administrator, Bankston has served more than 100 community-based organizations working to advance social and racial justice in diverse communities nationwide.