Amanda Winkelsas is originally from Buffalo and began her education in the Buffalo Public Schools. Later, she earned a BA in secondary English education from Canisius College, an MSED from Fordham University, and a PhD in urban education from the CUNY Graduate Center. Winkelsas worked in the New York City public schools for nearly 10 years, where she taught English in grades 7-12 and served as a literacy coach. Upon returning to Buffalo, she worked in education technology before transitioning fully to higher education. Her research interests have focused on educational equity, diversity in the teaching force, and preparing teachers to work with historically underserved student populations.