My most recent work has been on public opinion and environmental protests in Kyrgyzstan.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in International Relations and Public Policy, Claremont Graduate University's School of Politics and Economics
    Dissertation: "Silent Chernobyls: Ecological Degradation, Macroeconomic Policies & Political Institutions" 
  • M.A. in International Studies, Claremont Graduate
    University's School of Politics and Economics
  • B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language, Literature, and Culture, Syracuse University's Maxwell School

Scholarly Interests

  • environmental politics
  • water politics
  • environmental conflict
  • public opinion and protests


  • Water Politics and Policy
  • Environmental Studies Research Methods
  • Environmental Issues in Transitional Countries
  • International Environmental Aid
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Justice

Selected Publications


"Another Way of Saying Enough: Environmental Concern and Popular Mobilization in Kyrgyzstan," Post-Soviet Affairs (forthcoming vol. 2, 2013)

Hill, Jeffrey S., Elaine Rodriquez, and Amanda E. Wooden. "Stump Speeches and Road Trips: The Impact of Campaign Visits in Presidential Elections" PS: Political Science & Politics (April 2010). Featured article

Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene and Amanda E. Wooden, "Water Resources, Institutions, and Intrastate Conflict," Political Geography, (Dec. 2010), 29 (8): 444-453.


Wooden, Amanda E. and Christoph Stefes, eds. 2009. The Politics of Transition in Central Asia & the Caucasus: Enduring Legacies and Emerging Challenges. London and New York: Routledge.


Wooden, Amanda E., Medina Aitieva, and Tim Epkenhans, 2009. "Revealing Order in the Chaos: Field Experiences and Methodologies of Political and Social Research on Central Eurasia", in Wooden and Stefes eds., The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus. London and New York: Routledge. 

Guest edited symposium on "Environment, Economics & Conflict," Conflict Management Peace Science, (Issue 24 (3) Sept. 2007).

Chatrchyan, Allison M. and Amanda E. Wooden, 2005. "Linking Rule of Law and Environmental Policy Reform in Armenia and Georgia" in Christopher Waters, ed., The State of Law in the Southern Caucasus, London: Palgrave Macmillan.  Palgrave Macmillan   Book at

Wooden, Amanda E. "The Nexus Between Environmental Policy and Human Rights in Central Asia" Harvard Asia Quarterly (Spring 2004).


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