Amanda Solomon Amorao holds a PhD in Asian American Literature with a research specialty in Filipino writing in English. In particular, she explores questions of cultural production, gender, decolonization, and sovereignty in her research. She has also been a lecturer at UC San Diego's Ethnic Studies Department, Critical Gender Studies Program, Literature Department, and Revelle Humanities Program. Currently, she is Interim Associate Director of UCSD's Culture, Art, & Technology Program as well as an instructor at San Diego State's Center for Asian & Pacific Studies.
For the past two years, Amanda has served as Executive Director of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program of San Diego or KAMP, an intergenerational education program that brings workshops on Filipino American history, culture, and identity to local middle school and high school classrooms with large Filipino populations. KAMP creates dynamic learning spaces grounded in dialogue and the communal production of knowledge and seeks to empower its students to be fully participatory and transformative in our local and global communities. Now in existence for more than five years, KAMP has established its presence in the local Filipino American community as a space of cross-cultural collaboration dedicated to social justice. Amanda is proud to lead the mentors of KAMP as it works to transition from a grassroots group into its own nonprofit organization.