Amanda is a Ph.D candidate in the Classical Archaeology track. She received B.A. with honors in both Archaeology and Classics with a minor in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. Her research focuses on political and economic interactions between the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages. Her other interests include the relationship between natural disastrous events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and associated disasters, and patterns of social and political change. Amanda is interested in working at the intersections of archaeology and text with applications of natural sciences in an effort to define and investigate constraints and opportunities relevant to developments in society of the Aegean during the Late Bronze and early Iron Ages.