Amanda Kastern joined the Department of Politics in October 2012.  As senior manager of finance and administration she reports to the department chair and is responsible for executing policy and managing the department's operations.  In addition to her role in Politics, Amanda has served the University through her membership on various committees, including the Prospect House Advisory Board (2014-2018) and the Academic Managers' Group Steering Committee (2016-2019), where she served as co-chair in 2018-2019.

Prior to joining Politics, Amanda was Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services at Harford Community College in Maryland, where she provided oversight and leadership for admissions, financial aid, registration and records, and veterans services. 

Amanda has also held elected office.  She was elected to the board of education for the School District of Greenfield in Greenfield, Wisconsin and served in that role from 1999 to 2003. 

Amanda holds a B.A. in political science, philosophy and writing-intensive English from Marquette University, an M.P.A. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from The George Washington University. 

What do you most enjoy about your work in Politics?
I enjoy my job as manager in the Department of Politics because my staff and I support the mission of the University so directly. It's particularly gratifying when the people we support achieve milestones in their own careers — like when a graduate student defends her dissertation or a junior faculty member is granted tenure.