Amanda Perry-Kessaris is a professor of law at the University of Kent, with teaching and research interests in law and development, international law and foreign investment, and economic sociology of law.
“I see teaching as an opportunity to refresh, sustain, and apply my own learning; and to remember the pleasures and agonies of following a learning path that has been defined by another.”
Amanda was nominated by two of her colleagues, who focused their comments on her ability to “spark the imagination” and inspire “a keen sense of the joy of learning” amongst students at all levels. Described as “a creative and imaginative scholar” by her head of department, Amanda uses her expertise in law, economics, and graphic design to engage students. For instance she has created bespoke audio visual materials for her core undergraduate modules, set her classes the task of photographing everyday scenes that “shed light on the economic life of law”, and led the development of the Legal Treasures Project, in which students “identify, present, and recreate on-site ‘legal’ objects in museums”.
Student feedback on Amanda’s innovative methods has been very positive: “entertaining and thoroughly engaging”, “refreshing and stimulating”, with one student commenting “probably the best lecturer I have ever had”. Her classroom is described as “a very encouraging, safe, and comfortable learning environment” and she has “an exceptionally strong reputation for supporting students”.
Colleagues also feel the benefit of this supportive nature as Amanda contributes to the Law School’s staff development programmes, sharing her knowledge and encouraging peers to “take risks with [their] teaching and engage effectively with technology”.