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Faculty Profile

Amy Steinbugler

Associate Professor of Sociology (2008)

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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 maintain social relationships across systems of inequality. With a grant from the Spencer Foundation, she and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania recently collected data on the school and neighborhood networks of 8th grade parents in a Philadelphia magnet school. They explore whether parents who live close to their children's schools experience network advantage or disadvantage, relative to parents who live outside the neighborhood. She is also collecting data for a qualitative network study that explores how school choice shapes parents connections to their neighborhoods and neighbors. Dr. Steinbugler is the recipient of 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 for Beyond Loving: Intimate Racework in Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Interracial Relationships (Oxford University Press, 2012). 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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

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.Permission of Instructor required.

SOCI 244 Quantitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods introduces students to basic principles of sociological research methodologies and statistical analysis. Students learn to conceptualize a research question, operationalize key concepts, identify relevant literature, and form research hypotheses. Then, using elementary tools of descriptive and inferential statistics, they choose appropriate statistical methods, analyze data, and draw meaningful conclusions. Special emphasis is given to interpreting numbers with clear, persuasive language, in both oral and written formats. Students will become proficient in using quantitative software for data analysis. Two and a half hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 110.