Leisenring, Amy

Leisenring, Amy

Associate Professor, Sociology & Interdisc Soc Sci
Graduate Advisor


Preferred: amy.leisenring@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5756

Office Hours

Mondays 4-6 p.m. (Graduate Students Only); Tuesdays 1:15-2:45 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Research and teaching interests include: gender, intimate partner violence, qualitative research methods, identity, higher education.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Colorado At Boulder, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Miami Univ Oxford Campus, 1994
  • Master of Arts, Sociology, New Mexico St Univ Main Campus, 1997
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, Univ Of Colorado At Boulder, 2004


Dr. Amy Leisenring is an associate professor in the department of sociology. She received a 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. Dr. Leisenring's academic interests are in the areas of gender, family, intimate partner violence, victimization, education, and qualitative research methods. She is interested in exploring the ways in which people draw from social discourses in their attempts to construct their social identities and make meaning of their experiences. Her most recent research project is an exploration of the experiences and perceptions of SJSU students who work while going to school full-time. Dr. Leisenring's work has appeared in journals such as Symbolic Interaction, Sociology Compass, Qualitative Sociology, and Teaching Sociology.

When not working she enjoys hiking, biking, going to the beach, exploring California, reading, cooking, eating, and spending time with her family.