M.S. in Public Policy and Management, University of Washington, 2015
M.A. in International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute for International Studies, 2010
B.A. in International Studies, Middlebury College, 2008
abeck07@uw.edu

Amy is a Ph.D. candidate at the Evans School. She began her Ph.D. program in Public Policy and Management at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2013. Prior to joining the program, Amy worked in foreign aid implementation, including project management and proposal development, for Chemonics International. She was part of the Latin America and Caribbean department, and spent approximately a quarter of her time working abroad.

Amy is developing a disciplinary cognate in political science as part of her degree. She is interested in foreign aid policy and effectiveness, international development, participatory development, incentives and constraints for actors along the aid chain, and contractual and management structures of development aid activities. She is also interested in mixed methods research approaches.

As the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2016-2017 academic year - selected by Evans MPA students, Amy is dedicated to teaching and furthering students' academic growth, and plans to pursue an a career in academia, to further engage in research and teaching. 

Amy has a B.A. from Middlebury College in International Studies, focusing on Latin America. She also has an M.A. in International Policy Studies, with a focus on International Development, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Evans School, University of Washington. 

She is from Seattle, Washington, and is fluent in Spanish.

Specializations: 
Foreign Aid
International Development
Mixed Methods
Dissertation Committee Members: 
Mary Kay Gugerty (chair)
Stephen Kosack
Victor A. Menaldo (Political Science)
Craig W. Thomas
Major Area Paper (MAP) Title: 
Re-conceptualizing Beneficiary Participation in Bilateral Foreign Aid