Amy earned bachelor's degrees in history and German from the University of Iowa, where she wrote two honors theses on the life and works of Franz Kafka.
Her master’s exam, titled “The Uncanny, the Fantastic, and the Supernatural in German Literature,” reflects her research interests, including intersections of German and French literature and film, genre studies and monster theory, and nineteenth-century theories of human degeneration. In Amy's dissertation, which is exploring Gustav Meyrink's 1915 novel Der Golem, she argues that as a writer, translator, and editor of Gothic literature, Meyrink was a crucial mediating voice for the development of the second wave of international Gothic literature at the turn of the 20th century.
Amy has studied abroad and conducted research at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Universität Wien. At Washington University, she has participated in the Graduate Student Senate, Graduate Professional Council, the Community Service Committee, and Delta Phi Alpha, the undergraduate German honor society. She also founded and chaired Washington University's Graduate Student Sexual Assault Committee.