Amy Leisenring

amy leisenring

Amy Leisenring, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Leisenring joined ACCESS as the director in August 2016. She also serves as a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences and has been a member of the faculty at SJSU since 2005. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado in 2004, where she also received certification in Women's Studies and the Graduate Teacher Training Program. She holds a B.A. in sociology from Miami University of Ohio (1994) and an M.A. in sociology from New Mexico State University (1998). 

She has published multiple articles in the areas of violence and victimization, focusing particularly on the experiences of women who have experienced intimate partner violence and the criminal justice system response to domestic violence. Her more recent scholarship is in the area of the sociology of higher education, focusing particularly on race, gender, and class-based inequalities and the way that they shape students’ experiences.