Graduate Advisor: Sholeh Quinn
Amanda Caterina Leong is a Ph.D. candidate whose research seeks to build a genealogy of 'multimedia' representations of female javānmardī (chivalry) to provide new understandings regarding intersections of race, class, and gender from a premodern Persianate perspective. Her research has recently won the Middle Eastern Studies Association's 2021 Best Graduate Student Paper Award while also being awarded various travel and research grants from different organizations such as the American Institute of Iranian Studies, the Fred and Mitzie Ruiz Fellowship, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender, and the Middle Eastern Medievalists. Amanda's research has also appeared in various magazines ranging from Ajam Media Collective, Chicago Review of Books' Arcturus Magazine, and also IranWire. Leong is also an aerialist who uses acrobatic arts to translate and communicate her work on female power.