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 an associate professor of interdisciplinary social sciences in the College of Arts & 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., is out now from the University of Minnesota Press. 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.