(on leave 2018-19)

My most recent work has been on public opinion, nationalism, extractive industries, 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
  • glaciers and climate change
  • extractive industries & conflict
  • critical political science


  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Environmental Community Projects (ENST Culminating Experience course)
  • Water Politics and Policy
  • Environmental (In)Justice
  • Nationalism Identity and Nature (300-level seminar)
  • Climate Change Science & Society (co-taught Integrated Perspectives)
  • Contentious Waters (Foundation Seminar in the Global Residential College)
  • Environmental Studies Community-Centered Research Design
  • Environmental Issues in Transitional Countries (Capstone)
  • International Environmental Aid (300-level seminar)
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies

Selected Publications


"Kyrgyzstan's Dark Ages: framing and the 2010 hydroelectric revolution," Central Asian Survey (2014) 33 (4): 463-481

"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.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629810001654




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.  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415368131/


Wooden, Amanda E. "Images of Harm, Imagining Justice: Gold Mining Contestation in Kyrgyzstan" Chapt. 11 in Jalbert, K., Willow, A., Casagrande, D. and Paladino, S. eds., ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements, and Alternative Futures. (2017) London and New York: Routledge.

Wooden, Amanda E., Jeanne Féaux de la Croix, David Gullette "The 'great future of the country'? Dams and hydroelectricity discourses in Kyrgyzstan," Chapter 5 in Eric Freedman and Mark Neuzil eds. Environmental Crises in Central Asia: From Steppes to Seas, from Deserts to Glaciers. (2015) Routledge. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=NM7MCgAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA52&dq=related:UDTAcHW8nR8J:scholar.google.com/&ots=bn7Bzvu1vD&sig=FDxQ_ZNOkQjJopu-u6rQ96VZxVE#v=onepage&q&f=false

Wooden, Amanda E., Medina Aitieva, and Tim Epkenhans "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. (2009) London and New York: Routledge.

Stefes, Christoph H. and Amanda E. Wooden "Tempting Two Fates: The Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Central Eurasian Transitions," in Wooden and Stefes eds., The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus. (2009) London and New York: Routledge.

Wooden, Amanda E. and Christoph H. Stefes "Multivaried and Interacting Paths of Change in Central Eurasia" in Wooden and Stefes eds., The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus (2009) London and New York: Routledge.

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

Other Articles, Editing & Book Reviews

Review of Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, eds., Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. 296 pp. Journal of Cold War Studies (2012) 14 (3), 225-227

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

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


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