Associate Professor, Sociology
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Summer: By appointment (please email)
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.