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Faculty Profile

Amy Steinbugler

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Sociology (2008)

Contact Information

Denny Hall Room 106


Amy C. Steinbugler's research and teaching focus on neighborhoods, social networks, family, race/ethnicity, stratification, gender, and sexuality. She is interested in how individuals construct and maintain social relationships across systems of inequality. In 2020, with a grant from the Spencer Foundation, she began a mixed-method network study that explores how connected Philadelphia parents are to their neighbors and their neighborhoods. She also collaborates on a longer-term project with colleagues at Bryn Mawr and the University of Pennsylvania on parents' school and neighborhood networks. Dr. Steinbugler is the recipient of the Distinguished Book Award from the Sexualities Section and the William J. Goode Book Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association for Beyond Loving: Intimate Racework in Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Interracial Relationships (Oxford University Press). Her writing has been published in Contexts, DuBois Review, Ed Researcher, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Gender and Society, Sexualities and Sociology of Education.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Evergreen State College, 1998
  • M.A., Temple University, 2002
  • Ph.D., 2007

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

WGSS 202 Sociology of Sexualities
Cross-listed with SOCI 228-01.Permission of instructor required.This course explores the social origins of sexual behaviors, identities, and desires. We will investigate how sexuality intersects with other social hierarchies including race, gender, and class. Our current frameworks for understanding sexuality and sexual identity are the product of social, political, and economic forces, and reflect the common sense of a particular historical moment. We will consider a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of sexuality and explore more closely how these perspectives inform the analysis of contemporary sexual issues.

SOCI 228 Sociology of Sexualities
Cross-listed with WGSS 202-02.Permission of instructor required.