Dr. Amanda Sloat has nearly two decades of foreign policy experience, including service in the U.S. Administration and Congress as well as the non-profit sector and academia. She has recognized expertise on European policy, including Turkey, Cyprus, the European Union, Brexit, and transatlantic efforts to address ISIS and the crisis in Syria.
From 2011-2016, Amanda served in the Obama Administration. She most recently served in the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs. She was responsible for U.S. policy on Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. She also coordinated internally and with European counterparts on Middle East policies, particularly Syria, Iraq, ISIS, refugees, and foreign fighters. She previously worked as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, and at the White House as Senior Advisor to the Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Region. From 2007-2010, Amanda worked in the U.S Congress as senior professional staff responsible for European policy on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
Prior to her government service, Amanda worked as a senior program officer with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), including in Iraq with the Council of Representatives. She was a post-doctoral research fellow with the Institute of Governance at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, designing and managing a ten country research project on women's political participation in Central and Eastern Europe. During this time, she held visiting fellowships at the Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, and the Jean Monnet Center at New York University Law School. She also served as a special advisor to the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, and European Commission. Amanda holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Political Theory from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She has published a book (Scotland in Europe: A Study of Multi-Level Governance) and numerous academic articles on European politics, and has done recent media on Turkey and Brexit.