Amanda Matles is an urban geographer, filmmaker, organizer, and is a Ph.D. student in Geography at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Amanda researches collaboratively with young people about their experiences growing up policed in NYC. Working with a variety of embodied, arts, and media based methods, Amanda and her collaborators research, theorize, document, and build upon their life experiences to disrupt dominant discourses of law and social control and to generate social, political, and cultural transformation.
In 2013 she co-produced a feature length documentary called Rerooting the Motor City : Notes on a City in Transformation with New York based Paper Tiger Video Collective. Rerooting explores the potential for radical social and ecological regeneration in post industrial urban geographies, highlighting the voices of veteran labor activists, local historians, rappers, and urban gardeners.
Before coming to the Graduate Center, Amanda earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2004 and was a 2010 fellow at the Whitney Museum, Independent Study Program, New York, NY.