Amanda Konradi earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in women’s studies from the University of California - Santa Cruz in 1994. She subsequently taught for nine years at Ohio University where she was granted tenure and the position of associate professor and then held the Elizabeth J. Somers Fellowship in the Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University. She moved to Baltimore in 2003 and began teaching at Loyola in 2004. Dr. Konradi was hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor in 2014.
The focus of Dr. Konradi's current research a project titled "Coping with facial disfigurement among fibrous dysplasia and cherubism patients.” This is a qualitative interview investigation that explores how individuals with craniofacial differences understand their conditions and negotiate living in a world that stigmatizes people who violate appearance norms. Dr. Konradi is interested in what particular strategies patients develop over time to respond to experienced or anticipate stigma. Dr. Konradi will also explore the ways that patients make decisions about surgery and who is involved in making these decisions. Finally, Dr. Konradi will seek to discover what patient characteristics, such as gender or age, are associated with particular ways of conceptualizing the disease experience and responding to it.
Dr. Konradi's research projects and new courses usually being with a personal connection. This project is no different. Dr. Konradi has cherubism, she has siblings with the condition, and has an affected child (now adult). She is aware of the lack of resources for patients and their parents and seeks to complete work that will augment the kinds of studies conducted by medical investigators who focus primarily on the body.
Dr. Konradi hopes to involve Loyola students in the coding and analysis of interview data during 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. Sociology majors and bio-soc majors are encouraged to seek her out to discuss participation possibilities. For those interested in medicine and or social work after graduation, this would be an exceptionally relevant opportunity.
Dr. Konradi has studied the involvement of rape survivors in the criminal prosecution of their assailants for more than a decade and has written about their reporting decisions, self preparation for court events, emotion work, engagement with sentencing, involvement in plea bargains and testimony, in Taking the Stand: Rape Survivors and the Prosecution of Rapists (2007) and numerous articles. With Patricia DeBruin, RN, Dr. Konradi helped train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and explored how their services can be incorporated into a campus health system and successfully marketed to college students. Dr. Konradi recently concluded studies about how college campuses process sexual assault. With students Emily Delaney and Alyssa Quenzel, Dr. Konradi analyzed campus definitions of sexual assault and adjudication procedures in 4-year residential colleges and universities in the state of Maryland. With student, Angelica Puzio, she has examined students understanding of campus policies. Click here to reach Dr. Konradi's publications.
Dr. Konradi loves to teach, and helping others develop their skills has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. It started with swimming lessons and coaching synchronized swimming as a teen, shifted to academics in college when she tutored kids in the City of Chester, PA, and turned to teaching sociology and helping instructors become successful in the classroom in graduate school. Over the years, the American Sociological Association has published her course syllabi in four subject area collections. Dr. Konradi’s first book, Reading Between the Lines (1998, 2001, 2004), a teaching anthology combining multiple theoretical perspectives on social problems, emerged from her interest in broadening the way the subject matter was taught to undergraduates. Dr. Konradi has taught in the areas of symbolic interaction and social psychology, deviance and social control, criminal justice, law and the legal process, social problems and social policy, gender and women’s studies, and research methods.
Students: Dr. Konradi will ask you to read a lot and write a lot, but she thinks students and teachers ought to have some fun in the classroom and focuses on engaging majors and non-majors alike. She enjoys teaching Self and Society, because she thinks learning how we are situated in the world can help us develop our selves more completely and find successful strategies to negotiate work, education, and even recreation. She enjoys teaching Social Research Methods, because she likes to see student’s building sense of accomplishment as they master concepts and develop unique do-able projects. She participates in the Messina program because she believes that first year students deserve close attention from faculty.
Dr. Konradi has served on the editorial board of Gender & Society and Teaching Sociology, and reviews manuscripts/proposals for a variety of sociological journals and organizations. Dr. Konradi has also served the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation, which supports individuals diagnosed with fibrous dysplasia, McCune Albright syndrome, and cherubism, as Secretary and Acting President on the Board of Directors from 2004 – June 2016. She was involved in membership, organization of conferences, expansion of the physician referral network, development of the website, hiring the executive director, and other activities. She continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the FD Foundation Patient Registry, providing input on protocols and developing the questionnaire.
Off campus, Dr. Konradi is likely to meet you on a local hiking or biking trail, in a kayak, at a climbing gym. Her daughter is in college and her son is in high school.
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Places Dr. Konradi thinks students ought to discover in and around Baltimore:
The BOOK THING: 3001 Vineyard Lane, Baltimore, MD 21218. Sat. & Sun. 9-6. (TBT is currently close due to damage from a fire, but they are rebuilding.) At the warehouse location you can obtain absolutely free books on a wide range of subjects and meet interesting readers, young and old, from a cross section of the Baltimore population. You can also volunteer.
The NORTH CENTRAL RAILROAD TRAIL is a " hiking - biking " trail that runs through the upper reaches of Northern Baltimore County in Maryland. In the winter months you can also go cross country skiing.
CROMWELL VALLEY PARK is a stream valley park comprised of pasture, cultivated gardens, open fields, woods, hedgerows, orchards and wooded piedmont hills within a short drive of campus. It's a great place to wander and picnic or study in a quiet meadow on a sunny day.
CENTERSTAGE offers great terrific theater at a price students can afford. (Who can beat $49 for 5 shows?).
The BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has a student discount program.
The AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM is the national repository for the artworks created by self-taught artists and the building's architecture is an artistic creation unto itself. Be sure to visit the Rouse Building to find the various small and large kinetic sculptures and if you can, go watch the Kinetic Sculpture Race in May.
The REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM's mission is to be the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future. The RFLM features some amazing traveling exhibits.
Websites Dr. Konradi recommends for students:
Loyola University Maryland GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES RESOURCES
The SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools. Education students MUST visit this site.
The AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASKFORCE is an incredible resource on issues and research relevant to discrimination on the basis of sexuality. NGLT issues maps and fact sheets are very useful.
LEGAL MOMENTUM: the Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund has an extremely useful legal knowledge center with information about current advocacy and litigation and a large publications database.
The NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. The NSVRC publications collection is extensive and includes brochures, posters, articles, curriculum and academic studies to assist those working to prevent sexual violence and to improve resources, outreach and response strategies.
The NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR RARE DISORDERS (NORD) is an advocacy group that serves the needs of a diverse population of individuals. This is an interesting place for students with a medical inclination to explore.