Leisenring, Amy

Leisenring, Amy

Faculty Director, ACCESS
Professor, Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology


Preferred: amy.leisenring@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5756

Office Hours

Clark Hall 240A (For Sociology M.A. Students: By appointment)

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


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


Dr. Amy Leisenring has been a member of the faculty at SJSU since 2005. She currently serves as a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and as the Faculty Director to ACCESS, the Academic Counseling Center for Excellence in the Social Sciences. 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.

Dr. Leisenring teaches classes in the areas of gender, family, and qualitative research methods. 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, with a focus on race, gender, and class-based inequalities and the way that they shape students’ experiences. She conducts all of her research using an interpretive lens, meaning that 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. 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, swimming, reading, cooking, and spending time with her daughters.