Amanda Graham was the first graduate of Yukon College’s Northern Studies Diploma. She embarked on a Masters in Northern History at Lakehead in 1991. In 1992, while still working on her thesis, she joined Yukon College as the second managing editor of The Northern Review, the first Canadian multidisciplinary journal of the arts and social sciences of the North published north of 60. She served as Chair of Social Sciences and Humanities for two terms between 1994 and 1998. She became a senior editor of the Review in 2002.

Yukon University is a member of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies and of the University of the Arctic. Graham acts as an ad hoc representative to both organizations. She was the instructor of the pilot UArctic online CS 100, Introduction to the Circumpolar World, course in 2001 and has taught the course almost yearly since then. She is a member of the Yukon University Research Ethics Board and of the university Senate and is on the steering committee of the UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education (Læra Institute). She teaches Northern Studies and History and reads a lot in her spare time.

Graham, along with colleague Dr. Ernie Prokopchuk, initiated Yukon University’s well-received ResearChats in 2014. The weekly informal meetings were advertised and popularized by Graham’s “chattoons.” The meetings were discontinued in 2021 due to the pandemic but have been revived in Fall 2023.

Current research interests include the history of university development in the Canadian North, history of northern research practice, ethics and conduct, and related matters.