Amanda Sharick

Dr. Amanda Sharick

Associate Director for the Graduate Commons Program (GCP)

Amanda (Moreno) Sharick, Ph.D., (she/her/hers) is a Senior Program Manager for the Graduate Commons Program (GCP). In this role, she supports One Harvard community with intentional and inclusive programming for residents who live in Harvard University Housing (HUH). In this administrative role, Amanda collaborates with live-in faculty, HUH property management, and a team of residential community advisors and family programming staff to create rich learning and living environments for Harvard affiliates—including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff from all of Harvard’s graduate and professional schools—and their families. Additionally, she oversees Academic and Career Development Initiatives & Graduate Commons Family Programming for residents with children.


At the campus level, Amanda has worked with the Harvard Graduate Student Affairs Circle to increase One Harvard support for graduate student experiences as the co-chair for Harvard’s inaugural Grad Fest in 2018 and again in 2019. Amanda currently serves as a staff representative from Campus Services on the Harvard Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Council.


Amanda’s professional commitments to building inclusive living-learning communities are rooted in her personal experience as a first-generation college student and as the daughter of a Mexican immigrant. Prior to joining the Harvard community, Amanda spent seven years promoting student success in and outside the classroom at the University of California, Riverside. While completing her graduate degree in English, Amanda taught English composition and literature courses; co-developed and taught curriculum for UC Riverside’s Summer Bridge Program; and taught middle school students for the federally funded Upward Bound Program.


In her free time, Amanda serves as an academic adviser for the Board of First-Year Advisers at Harvard College and pursues her research interests in memory studies, British and American literature, immigrant & migrant literature, and Jewish studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation project and is co-editor on an interdisciplinary edited collection The Venice Ghetto: A Memory Space that Travels currently under review with UMass Press. Amanda graduated with her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside in 2017.