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 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.

SOCI 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

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.

SOCI 405 Senior Thesis
Permission of Instructor Required