Amy Champ is a feminist cultural critic and Sivananda Yoga practitioner, with twenty years experience in theatre for community development with Latino, Asian, African and East European communities. Her writing falls within feminist theory and the Modern Yoga field, and she collaborates with feminists and Yoga scholars for practice, mutual support, and documentation. Her recent research adds to the trajectory of scholarship in: modern yoga and Hinduism, the divine feminine, bhakti, body-mind theory, and discourses of feminist theology. In 2014, she organized a panel of speakers on Women and Yoga at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting and is a participating member in the AAR’s Yoga in Practice and Theory Group.
In the 1990s, she worked as an intern at the Latino Theatre Lab in LA, with a women’s feminist theatre group in Zimbabwe as a Fulbright scholar, and was a solo performance artist in New York City, while working as assistant director for the Japan-US Partnership for Performing Arts, an international arts exchange program established by the Japanese government’s Japan Foundation. She worked for three summers during college for the Society for the Preservation of Native Arts and Sciences in their publishing company North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, CA. In the late 1990s she lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands for a year in the Pesthuislaan, a cooperative artist colony. She studied filmmaking at the Downtown Community Television Center in New York City and later in the Technocultural Studies Department at UC Davis where she was in the Ethnographic Film Group.
In the early 2000’s, Amy worked as a Research Analyst at the Centers for Digital Government and Education, researching and writing about developments in government technology in the post-9/11 environment, including both news reporting and multi-state research projects. She conducted extensive research on programs such as Vicente Fox’s e-Mexico program, detailed analysis of citywide telecom restoration hours after the 9/11 attack, and interviewed CIO’s and CTO’s at hundreds of jurisdictions and educational institutions nationwide. In this capacity, she designed and consulted on research projects for Fortune 500 technology companies operating in both government and public education spaces. Her major accomplishment was the design of a web portal that tracked technology-related legislation in the Congress and 50 states, providing daily news and project management updates.
Dr. Champ has a PhD in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from University of California, Davis. During graduate school, Amy organized several events in conjunction with Amnesty International, hosting speakers and performers from countries facing human rights crises. She was active on Twitter during the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Sandy, and Baltimore Riots, providing donations, supplies and communications to people in need. She currently lives in rural Northern California, where she organized Sand Aid, a benefit concert for the Sand Fire in 2014 gthat gave individual grants to families, and worked for six months in 2015-16 to assist families who lost everything in the 70,000 acre Butte Fire, working at relief sites, bringing in truckloads of donations, and providing services such as food, trailers, and water tanks.
Amy was a page for a day at the age of 11 in the Oregon state legislature. In high school, she was in Mock Trial for three years and in college represented Pitzer at the Harvard Model United Nations for three years, earning the highest award of Best Delegate as a college senior in 1994. She attended her first political event as a junior in high school, on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento where John Garamendi and Barbara Boxer spoke against offshore oil drilling. She subsequently became a member of the California Green Party in 1990. In the early 1990s, she organized and emcee’d benefit concerts for domestic violence and sexual assault organizations Project Sister/House of Ruth in Claremont, CA, featuring several now-prominent musicians who attended the Claremont Colleges such as Ben Harper and Matt Nathanson. Amy was well-known as an active protester at the Claremont Colleges against the first Gulf War, organizing an ongoing camp for several months and series of disruptive protests, was instrumental in numerous pro-choice actions, organized a march and protest at Claremont City Hall on the night of the Rodney King riots, and participated in a direct action protest at the White House and coordinated the bailout of Tibetans who were arrested during the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC in 1998. She was a writer for the Pitzer College monthly magazine The Other Side and staged many poetry readings and performance art shows during college. In New York City, she organized many performances and protest actions with the Tibetan community, including at the United Nations, and made a film on the Students For a Free Tibet.
Dr. Champ has an MA in U.S. Government from California State University, Sacramento and BA in Anthropology and Literary Studies from Pitzer College (Claremont, CA). She has studied abroad at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare and University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.
She is available for writing, teaching, and public speaking.