Amy’s research is broadly concerned with understanding how identity is constructed and performed in various contexts. One strand of Amy’s work examines the experiences of Asian American youth in particular, including the role and expression of Asian American identity in civic engagement, leadership, and learning contexts. A second strand of her work focuses on the impact and embodiment of illness as an identity. Her dissertation explores the impact of serious and/or chronic illness on doctoral student identity and raises questions on the bioethics of attending to those with chronic illness, including their social and civic engagement and inclusion in the institution of the university.
Amy is on the board of directors of the Asian Community Development Corporation and a former board member and Co-chair of the Harvard Educational Review. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Amherst College, and an M. Ed. in International Educational Development from Boston University.