Faculty Profile

Amy Steinbugler

Associate Professor of Sociology (2008)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 106


Amy C. Steinbugler's research and teaching focus on issues of race/ethnicity, stratification, neighborhoods, gender, sexuality, and family. She is interested in how individuals maintain social relationships across systems of inequality. With a grant from the Spencer Foundation, she and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania have collected data on the school and neighborhood networks of 8th grade parents in a Philadelphia magnet school. They have begun to explore whether parents who live close to their children's schools experience network advantage or disadvantage, relative to parents who live outside the neighborhood. Dr. Steinbugler's other current project is an ethnographic study that explores conflict and cohesion within an economically and racially diverse Philadelphia neighborhood. 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 and the 2014 William J. Goode Book Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. Her writing has been published in Sexualities, Gender & Society, Contexts, DuBois Review, and Ethnic & Racial Studies.

Curriculum Vitae


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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

SOCI 110 Social Analysis
Permission of Instructor Required.

SOCI 244 Quantitative Research Methods
Permission of Instructor Required.

Spring 2018

SOCI 228 Sociology of Sexualities
This course explores the social origins of sexual behaviors, identities, and desires. We will investigate how sexuality intersects with other social hierarchies including race, gender, and class. Our current frameworks for understanding sexuality and sexual identity are the product of social, political, and economic forces, and reflect the common sense of a particular historical moment. We will consider a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of sexuality and explore more closely how these perspectives inform the analysis of contemporary sexual issues. Offered every two years.

SOCI 236 Inequalities in the U.S.
This course takes a critical look at the layers of American society that shape, construct, and inhibit the basic pursuit for equality of opportunity. Students will be asked to examine how the three most fundamental elements of social stratification (race, class, gender) function both separately and in tandem to organize systems of inequality. The course uses theoretical and practical applications of stratification to evaluate how social constructions of difference influence the institutions and social policy. Additionally, class discussions will also consider how the forces of racism, sexism, and classism impact the attainment of basic needs, such as wages, health care and housing. Offered every year.