Faculty Profile

Amy Steinbugler

Associate Professor of Sociology (2008)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 106

Office Hours for Fall 2015: Mondays 3:30 -5 Tuesdays 1:30 -3 Thursdays 3:30-4:30


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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

SOCI 110 Social Analysis
Permission of Instructor Required.

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.

Spring 2016

SOCI 110 Social Analysis
Selected topics in the empirical study of the ways in which people's character and life choices are affected by variations in the organization of their society and of the activities by which social arrangements varying in their adequacy to human needs are perpetuated or changed. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and US Diversity requirement.

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 230 Political Sociology
How can sociology explain the politics of “the middle class” and “the one percent,” terms we so often hear in discussions among friends, peers and the media, especially during campaign seasons? This course explains the sociological perspective and how it pertains to a broad range of political phenomena, from rhetoric, preferences, interests and behavior to institutions and social movements. By studying the area where the social and political intersect, we can arrive at a useful understanding of power, authority, hegemony, democracy, the state, nationalism and the media (including Facebook and Twitter).

SOCI 240 Qualitative Methods
This course introduces students to the theory and methods of social science research, beginning with an examination of the philosophies underlying various research methodologies. The course then focuses on ethnographic field methods, introducing students to the techniques of participant observation, structured and informal interviewing, oral histories, sociometrics, and content analysis. Students will design their own field projects. Prerequisite: 110 or ANTH 101.

SOCI 405 Senior Thesis
Permission of Instructor Required