Faculty Profile

Amy Steinbugler

Assistant Professor of Sociology (2008)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 106


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.


  • 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.