Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.
Amanda Johnson joined the US Foreign Service in 2002 and currently serves as the Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma. She recruits for the US Department of State in the central region, covering the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Amanda most recently served as the Spokesperson and Deputy Public Affairs Advisor at the US Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, Belgium from 2016-2019. She has held assignments as the Senior Poland Desk Officer (2014-2016) and as a Special Assistant in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2013-2014) in Washington and as the Public Affairs Officer in Beirut, Lebanon (2011-2013).
Other assignments include Libya Desk Officer in Washington, Cultural Affairs Officer in Algiers, Algeria, and Vice Consul and Political Officer in Lagos, Nigeria.
Amanda holds a MA in Communication from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in both History and French Language and Literature from the University of Montana. She was raised in Montana and speaks Arabic, French and intermediate German.