Faculty Profile

Amy Steinbugler

Assistant Professor of Sociology (2008)

Contact Information

steinbua@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 106
717.254.8140

Bio

Amy C. Steinbugler's research and teaching focus on issues of race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender, family, stratification, and neighborhoods. She is interested in how individuals maintain social relationships across systems of inequality. Her recent book, Beyond Loving: Intimate Racework in Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Interracial Relationships (Oxford University Press, 2012) won the 2014 Distinguished Book Award from the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association. A qualitative analysis of the everyday lives of Black/White couples, Beyond Loving examines how partners conceptualize and negotiate racial differences in their relationship, and how sexuality shapes these practices. Dr. Steinbugler's current research is an ethnographic project that explores conflict and cohesion within economically and racially diverse urban neighborhoods. Her writing has been published in Sexualities, Gender & Society, Contexts, and the Du Bois Review.

Education

  • B.A., Evergreen State College, 1998
  • M.A., Temple University, 2002
  • Ph.D., 2007

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

SOCI 230 City, Suburb, Inequality Place
In the United States, where we live has a profound effect on our life chances. It shapes the schools we attend, the safety of our families, and our exposure to environmental hazards. It also influences the composition of our social networks and the resources those networks confer. This course explores the significance of place, especially neighborhoods, in the reproduction of racial and social class inequalities. Specific issues include: race and residential segregation, suburbanization, social capital, education, sexual communities, gentrification, and 'stop and frisk' policies.

SOCI 244 Quantitative Research Methods
The quantitative research methods course introduces students to basic principles of social science research methodologies and statistical analysis. Students will use examples from scholarly research to understand concepts related to research design, sample selection, appropriate measurement, and survey construction. Additionally, students will apply these concepts to conduct introductory data analysis. Using elemental tools of descriptive and inferential statistics, students will learn to quantitatively assess social research questions in order to draw meaningful conclusions. Prerequisite: 110 or ANTH 100 or ANTH 101. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and QR graduation requirement. This course is cross-listed as ANTH 241.

SOCI 313 The Reproduction of Inequality
Permission of Instructor Required.This is a course run through the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program. The class will meet in a local correctional facility. Half of the students will be from Dickinson (the outside students) and half will be from the correctional facility (the inside students). The class will explore how inequality is reproduced in the United States, with a particular focus on institutions of education and incarceration. In significant ways, schools and prisons are parallel institutions that serve different populations. Access to quality grade schools, high schools, and colleges and universities is too often the privilege of middle-class or wealthy Americans. The majority of people housed in jails and prisons are poor, and disproportionately Black and Latino. From another perspective, these institutions are deeply connected, with well-worn pathways leading from educational facilities to correctional facilities. In this class we examine the historical origins of these divisions as well as the current social and economic realities that surround education and imprisonment in the United States.

SOCI 400 Race and Ethnic Theory
This senior seminar focuses on historical and contemporary theories on race and ethnicity. The course will trace the ways in which sociologists have come to understand race and ethnicity as ideas and as central organizing principles of social life. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, we will examine sociological treatments of race and ethnicity including Marxist perspectives; assimilation and contact theories; internal colonialism; social-psychological theories; racial formation; Black feminist thought; and critical race theory. We will pay special emphasis to how race and ethnicity have been conceptualized in relation to gender, sexuality, and social class.

Spring 2015

SOCI 225 Race and Ethnicity
This course explores the historical and contemporary significance of race and ethnicity in the United States. Students will examine how racial inequality has become a pervasive aspect of U.S. society and why it continues to impact our life chances. We will address race and ethnicity as socio-historical concepts and consider how these “social fictions” (in collusion with gender, class, and sexuality) produce very real material conditions in everyday life. We will develop a theoretical vocabulary for discussing racial stratification by examining concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, systemic/institutional racism, racial formations, and racial hegemony. We will then look closely at colorblind racism, and examine how this dominant ideology naturalizes social inequality. With this framework in place, students will investigate racial stratification in relation to schools, the labor market, the criminal justice system, neighborhood segregation, immigration, etc. Finally, we will discuss strategies of anti-racism that seek to eliminate enduring racial hierarchies. This course fulfills the DIV II distribution requirement. Offered every two years.

WGST 300 Oral History: Gay Lesbian
Cross-listed with SOCI 313-01.This course is focused on collecting and recording the individual life stories of LGBT people in central Pennsylvania during the latter half of the twentieth and the first years of the twenty-first centuries. Life for LGBT Americans has changed substantially over the past 50 years. As recently as the 1960s, gay citizens could be and were arrested, incarcerated, and hospitalized (against their will) as either “sick,” “sinful” or “criminal.” Gays and lesbians were widely seen as a threat to the family, religion and law – to the American way of life. This social hatred and fear drove LGBT individuals to suppress their desires and hide their orientation. With the sexual revolution of the sixties and seventies, related movements for both women’s and gay liberation developed. LGBT people “came out” and sought to change not only this ideology, but also the laws and structures that institutionally enforced sexual and gender conformity. In this course, students will be trained in oral history methods and will collect the stories of LGBT residents in our area. These interviews will contribute to the developing archival project that is sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania LGBT Center (www.centralpalgbtcenter/lgbt-history-project) and the Dickinson College Archives. In addition to collecting oral histories, students will transcribe their interviews and share their findings in research papers and class presentations. Please note that in addition to scheduled course meetings, students will schedule and conduct off-campus interviews with residents of central Pennsylvania.

SOCI 313 Oral History: Gay Lesbian
Cross-listed with WGST 300-04.This course is focused on collecting and recording the individual life stories of LGBT people in central Pennsylvania during the latter half of the twentieth and the first years of the twenty-first centuries. Life for LGBT Americans has changed substantially over the past 50 years. As recently as the 1960s, gay citizens could be and were arrested, incarcerated, and hospitalized (against their will) as either “sick,” “sinful” or “criminal.” Gays and lesbians were widely seen as a threat to the family, religion and law – to the American way of life. This social hatred and fear drove LGBT individuals to suppress their desires and hide their orientation. With the sexual revolution of the sixties and seventies, related movements for both women’s and gay liberation developed. LGBT people “came out” and sought to change not only this ideology, but also the laws and structures that institutionally enforced sexual and gender conformity. In this course, students will be trained in oral history methods and will collect the stories of LGBT residents in our area. These interviews will contribute to the developing archival project that is sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania LGBT Center (www.centralpalgbtcenter/lgbt-history-project) and the Dickinson College Archives. In addition to collecting oral histories, students will transcribe their interviews and share their findings in research papers and class presentations. Please note that in addition to scheduled course meetings, students will schedule and conduct off-campus interviews with residents of central Pennsylvania.