Amy Griffin

University of Virginia Graduate Amy Griffin

About Amy Griffin

Amy Griffin graduated from the University of Virginia in 1998. During her time at the university, she served as a member of the Cavaliers volleyball team. She currently stays involved with the school through her support of the University of Virginia College Foundation as well as the Virginia Athletics Foundation and the Mead Endowment. Most recently, Amy Griffin contributed $5 million to the school to provide for a new track-and-field facility. The school has launched a campaign to raise the additional $14 million needed to complete the project, though the $5 million gift will enable the school to begin construction.

Mrs. Griffin’s professional pursuits include ownership of Oakencroft Farm, an artisan grape juice maker. Amy Griffin and her husband purchased the Charlottesville, Virginia, vineyard and winery and converted it into a grape juice operation in 2009. The ecologically minded owners now produce three natural grape juice varieties: the crisp white Seyval Blanc, the rich and fruity Traminette, and the ed berry-flavored Chambourcin.

New University of Virginia Politics Lab Studies Post-Conflict Violence

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Amy Griffin remains heavily involved with her alma mater. Amy Griffin has donated to several different school programs, including the University of Virginia College Foundation, which works to provide unparalleled opportunities for students. The university recently created a politics lab that looks at the effects of violence on post-conflict societies.

Representing two years of work, the Department of Politics Experimental Lab officially launched in February 2016. Through the lab, researchers hope to understand more fully how violence is used as a form of coercion during insurgencies and civil war, and how civilians react when violence occurs in their own communities.

Such political science experimental research represents a cutting-edge approach to political science and provides unprecedented opportunities for University of Virginia students to work on field-defining research. Already, early experiments have demonstrated unexpected results. Exposure to real-life violence seems to increase aggressive cognition but decreases aggressive behavior, which goes against what psychologists have found when exposing individuals to violent media.