Amanda Lawson

Assistant Director of Research, L.I.F.E. (Leading the Integration of Faith & Entrepreneurship)



Academic Background

  • M.A., History, Miami University, 2019
  • B.A., History, Miami University, 2015
  • B.A., Latin American Studies, Miami University, 2015

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Assistant Director for Research, LIFE Research Lab, December 2020 - Present
  • Writer and Content Creator, Faith Driven Entrepreneur and Faith Driven Investor, June 2020 - December 2021
  • Research Associate, LIFE Research Lab, September 2019 - December 2020
  • Graduate Assistant, Miami University, August 2017 - May 2019
  • Director of Youth Ministries, Central College Presbyterian Church, June 2015 -August 2017

Recent Publications

  • Smith, B. R., Lawson, A., Jones, J., Holcomb, T., & Minnich, A. (2022). Trying to Serve Two Masters is Easy, Compared to Three: Identity Multiplicity Work by Christian Impact Investors. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-18.
  • Lawson, A. (2019). Development in the Rights Timing: How the Carter Administration Engaged NGOs in Latin American Foreign Policy (Doctoral dissertation, Miami University).

Honors & Awards


Amanda has been a part of the John W Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship since 2019, working with the LIFE Research Lab. Prior to that, she attained a Master’s degree in foreign relations history, with a focus on NGO involvement in U.S.-Latin American community development. She works with Faith Driven Entrepreneur and Investor as a writer and content coordinator, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Living Hope Mission, a faith-based 501(c)3 in Cap Haitien, Haiti that is dedicated to sustainable community development through education, clean water, and Microfinance efforts.


Amanda Lawson

Contact Information


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