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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

SOCI 230 Asian America thru Pop Culture
This course uses the lens of popular culture to better understand the formation, socialization, and dynamic creation of various Asian identities in America. Specifically, we examine economic, political, and social forces for shaping the perceptions of Asian communities in the American imagination, and we look to how popular imagery and stereotypes are accepted, challenged, or changed by Asian Americans today. Students will also have an opportunity to investigate a particular topic of interest such as heritage foodways, second generation identity, popular television, or trends in music and digital media.

SOCI 230 Social Mvmts/Collective Behav
This course introduces classic and contemporary theories of social movements and group mobilization. Drawing upon cases studies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, students will compare the historical, political, and socioeconomic forces that underscore protest activism as well as investigate the divergent forces that bring about unequal outcomes from different social movements.

SOCI 230 Race, Identity & Inequalities
Assertions of race, racial and ethnic identity have enormous power as organizing constructs in social life. This course uses a comparative historical approach to understand the biological, social, cultural, economic and political forces that construct and reinforce racial formation. Special focus is placed on racial inequalities, and students will investigate how younger generations of individuals and groups interact with stratification to reveal new approaches to engaging with race, inequality, and identity creation.

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.

SOCI 400 Contemporary Urban Ethnography
This course will engage students in a sociological study of cities and communities through the lens of contemporary urban ethnography. Urban sociology provides an important perspective on the spatial dimensions of prosperity and inequality; and illuminates the metropolis as a site of culture, growth, innovation, community, competition, and resistance. With a primary focus on U.S. cities, we will examine issues such as criminal justice, political mobilization, sexual communities, housing, education, social capital, gentrification, and symbolic identity.