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 and the 2014 William J. Goode Book Award from the Family 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, DuBois Review, and Ethnic & Racial Studies.
SOCI 110 Social Analysis
SOCI 244 Quantitative Research Methods
Permission of Instructor Required.
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 325 Race, Family & Multiraciality
This course examines the family as a social institution through which norms of racial distance and segregation have been vigorously upheld. We consider the political and economic investment in separating White families from African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, and later groups of immigrants, and pay special attention to how gender and sexuality were constructed in the service of these interests. Students will then explore more contemporary patterns of interracial families (including transracial adoptions), examining the experiences of those who have transgressed intimate racial boundaries or grown up in “mixed” families. We will analyze how interracial families blur racial categories and critically examine the politics of multiraciality as an identity and a social movement. Prerequisites: Either 110, 224, 225, 236 OR AFST 100 or 200. This course fulfills the DIV II distribution requirement. Offered every two years.