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Amanda Baumle

Amanda Baumle

Professor and Department Chair

Phone: (713)743-3944
Email: akbaumle [at] uh [dot] edu
Office: 493 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
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Ph.D., Texas A&M University
J.D., University of Texas
B.A., Southwestern University 


Amanda K. Baumle is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. She received her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching are focused in the areas of demography and the sociology of law, with a focus on issues involving gender and sexual orientation. She employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in her research.

Dr. Baumle has authored and edited books, articles, and book chapters examining issues of inequality and discrimination, as well as the manner in which the law might be activated as a means to challenge existing inequalities. In particular, she has published articles in journals such as Social Forces, Social Science Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Science Quarterly, which examine demographic outcomes based on sexual orientation. She is the author of Sex Discrimination and Law Firm Culture on the Internet: Lawyers at the 'Information Age Water Cooler' (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), which examines attorneys' use of legal discourse in an Internet community as a vehicle for challenging gender discrimination. Dr. Baumle is also the coauthor of Same-Sex Partners: The Demography of Sexual Orientation (SUNY 2009), which draws on 2000 U.S. Census data to examine the manner in which sexual orientation affects a variety of demographic processes. She is also the editor for the first handbook on the demography of sexuality, the International Handbook of the Demography of Sexuality (Springer Press 2013), which includes more than 20 chapters examining sexual behavior, identity, desires, and the manner in which traditional demographic outcomes are affected by these factors.

In Dr. Baumle’s forthcoming coauthored book, LGBT Parents and the Law: Constructing Legality within the Family, (NYU Press 2015), they draw upon in-depth interviews with 137 LGBT parents located throughout the United States to examine how individuals understand and utilize the law when forming families and parenting. In particular, they explore how LGBT parents participate in the construction of legality, through accepting, modifying, or rejecting legal meanings about their families, paying particular attention to the role of legal context in shaping outcomes.

Dr. Baumle’s current research involves in-depth interviews with family law attorneys who provide services to LGBT individuals and same-sex couples. This research explores the manner in which attorney strategies, and those of the parties, merge with existing structural obstacles to produce familial outcomes for non-heterosexual individuals undergoing separation or divorce.

Research Interests

  • Demography of Sexuality
  • Sociology of Law
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods


  • Sexuality and Society
  • Introduction to Social Statistics
  • Graduate Seminar in Sociology of Law
  • Graduate Seminar in Sociology of Sexuality
  • Graduate Seminar in Sociological Theory
  • Graduate Seminar in Population Studies
  • Proseminar

Selected Publications

  • Baumle, Amanda K. and D’Lane R. Compton. Legislating Gay and Lesbian Families: How the Law Affects Parenthood Decisions for Same-Sex Couples. New York, NY: NYU Press, forthcoming 2015.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and D’Lane R. Compton. 2014. “Identity Versus Identification: How LGBTQ Parents Identify their Children on Census Surveys.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 76: 94-104.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2013. “Same-Sex Cohabiting Elders versus Different-Sex Cohabiting and Married Elders: Effects of Relationship Status and Sex of Partner on Economic and Health Outcomes.” Social Science Research 43: 60-73.
  • Baumle, Amanda K., Editor. 2013. International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Press.
  • D’Lane R. Compton and Baumle, Amanda K. 2012. “Beyond The Castro: The Role of Demographics in the Selection of Gay and Lesbian Enclaves.” Journal of Homosexuality 59(10): 1327-1356.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and Dudley L. Poston. 2011. “The Economic Cost of Being Homosexual: A Multilevel Analysis.” Social Forces 89: 1005-1031.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and D’Lane R. Compton. 2011. “Legislating the Family: The Effect of State Family Laws on the Presence of Children in Same-Sex Households.” Law & Policy 33: 82-115.
  • Poston, Dudley L. and Amanda K. Baumle. 2010. “Patterns of Asexuality in the United States.” Demographic Research 23: 509-530.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2010. “Border Identities: Intersections of Ethnicity and Sexual Orientation in the U.S.-Mexico Borderland.” Social Science Research 39: 231-245.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2009. “The Cost of Parenthood: Unraveling the Effects of Sexual Orientation and Gender on Income.” Social Science Quarterly 90: 983-1002.
  • Baumle, Amanda K., D’Lane Compton, and Dudley L. Poston, Jr. 2009. Same-Sex Partners: The Social Demography of Sexual Orientation. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2009. Sex Discrimination and Law Firm Culture on the Internet: Lawyers at the ‘Information Age Water Cooler’. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.