Amy Petts

Amy Petts

Graduate Student // Sociology

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2021                Ph.D. Sociology, Purdue University (expected)

2008                MLIS, Kent State University

2006                M.A. Sociology, The Ohio State University

2004                B.A. Sociology and German (with Honors, Summa Cum Laude), University of Northern Iowa



Petts, Amy L., Rebecca Perdomo, Rebecca Boylan, and Linda Renzulli.  Forthcoming. "Racial Heterogeneity: The Effects of School Relationships on Bachelor's Degree Enrollment for First Generation Immigrants." Race, Ethnicity and Education.

Petts, Amy L. 2020. “It’s All in the Definition: Colorblind Interpretations of School Diversity.”  Sociological Forum, 35(2): 465-487.
Murray, Brittney, Thurston Domina, Amy L. Petts, Linda Renzulli and Rebecca Boylon. 2020. “We’re in this Together”: Bridging and Bonding Social Capital in Elementary School PTOs” American Educational Research Journal.
Beaman, Jean and Amy L. Petts. 2020. “Towards a Global Theory of Colorblindness: Comparing Colorblind Racial Ideology in France and the United States.” Sociology Compass, 14(4):
Petts, Amy L. & Richard J. Petts. 2019 “Gender Matters: Racial variation and marital stability among intraracial couples.” Journal of Family Issues 40(13): 1808-1831.
Petts, Amy L. 2019. “Mapping Racial Boundaries: For Whom Do Contested Identities Decrease Happiness.” Race and Social Problems, 11(4), 308-322.
Holliday, Amy L. and Rachel E. Dwyer. 2009. “Suburban Neighborhood Poverty in US Metropolitan Areas in 2000.” City and Community 8:155-176.


Research  Interests

Racial Inequality, Racial Identity Formation, Higher Education, Educational Inequality, Neighborhood Segregation, Demographic Transitions


Teaching  Interests

Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems,  Research Methods, Statistical Methods, Sociology of Education, Inequality, Race and Ethnicity, Demography



2019-Present     Managing Editor, Sociology of Education Journal

2017-2019       Graduate Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2014-2017       Instructor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2009-2012       Assistant Director for Institutional Effectiveness,  Ball State University, Muncie IN

2010                Library Assessment Consultant, Baylor University Libraries, Waco, TX

2008-2009       Librarian 1, Federal Grant Consultant,  Indiana State Library, Indianapolis IN

2006-2008       Graduate Data Analyst, Center For Human Resource Research, Columbus, OH

2004-2005       Graduate Research Associate, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH


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