Amanda is a historian of medieval Europe. She has been involved in developing the field of global medieval history, and new approaches to historical study that engage with the concerns of the mounting climate and environmental crisis. She is the co-convenor of the interdisciplinary network "Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences". She speaks regularly on the importance of bringing Humanities disciplines into public, policy and research conversations around climate change.
She is currently working on a monograph, "Medieval Histories of the Anthropocene", which explores questions concerning the relations between religion, power and the construction of public rationality in the building of medieval states across Eurasia. She is interested in how these centralising processes consciously dislocated humans from local ecosystems and specific and sustainable practices, while creating powerful and enduring narratives about civilisation, barbarism, and the use of resources. A related, partly collaborative, series of projects ask about the future of our discipline, and of Humanities and Social Sciences more generally, in the politically, economically and ecologically unstable period that we are now entering.