Amanda Huron was born and raised in Washington D.C. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she majored in urban studies and geography. She worked for several years in community radio before earning a masters of city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, after which she worked on local affordable housing policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C. She received a Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences/geography from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and taught for a year at CUNY's Hunter College. She is currently an assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. Her research interests include affordable housing and the urban commons, and she is particularly interested in mapping as a tool for social change. Her first book, Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C., will be available from the University of Minnesota Press in spring 2018. She has played music in punk and experimental bands since 1991. Her current musical projects are Weed Tree and Puff Pieces. Amanda Huron's CV is here.