Amy is a native of Virginia but considers Birmingham, AL her hometown. She serves as the Director of the LGBTQ Center at UC. She earned her BA in English from the University of Montevallo where she focused on Postcolonial and African-American literatures. She earned her MA from the University of Connecticut where she focused on ethnic literatures and gender and sexuality. She came to the University of Cincinnati after seven years at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she taught courses in English and Women’s and Gender Studies before she created UNCW’S LGBTQIA Resource Office. After five years in the position she was awarded UNCW’s Award for Excellence and North Carolina’s Governor’s Award for Excellence. She was also named a YWCA Woman to Watch. Like Audre Lorde, Amy believes, “The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot,” and she is excited to bring that enthusiasm to her new role at the University of Cincinnati.