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Amanda Baumle

Amanda Baumle


Phone: 713.743.3944
Office: 493 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
Baumle CV


Ph.D., Texas A&M University
J.D., The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Southwestern University 


Amanda K. Baumle is a professor of sociology at the University of Houston and was a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. She received her J.D. from the The University of Texas at Austin, practicing labor and employment law prior to earning her Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching are focused in the areas of sociology of law and demography, with an emphasis on issues involving gender and sexual orientation. She has published articles in journals such as Social Forces, Social Science Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, Population & Development Review and Social Science Quarterly that examine the intersections of law and demographic outcomes for sexual minorities and questions related to the U.S. Census. She is the lead author of "Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood" (NYU Press 2015), the author of "Sex Discrimination and Law Firm Culture on the Internet: Lawyers at the 'Information Age Water Cooler'" (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), the coauthor of "Same-Sex Partners: The Demography of Sexual Orientation" (SUNY 2009) and the editor of the "International Handbook of the Demography of Sexuality" (Springer Press 2013).

Her current research focuses on an examination of charges of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Working with M.V. Lee Badgett and Steven Boutcher of the University of Massachusetts, they draw on confidential data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to produce the first analyses of federal SOGI employment discrimination charges. In their first project, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, they examined how federal contractor status shapes the prevalence and merit outcomes of SOGI charges. In their second project, funded by the National Science Foundation, they are examining how this new body of law is constructed through the legal understandings and use of the dispute process by employees, employers and the EEOC.

In addition, she is working on a project that was funded by the American Sociological Association’s Fund to Advance the Discipline that involves a critical examination of the development of demographic research on population sexuality. In this project, she is engaging in a content analysis of population journals to examine shifting areas of inquiry within the field and whether demographers have fully incorporated varying sexual identities and experiences within demographic methods and models.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Law
  • Demography of Sexuality
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Sociology of Family


  • Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
  • Introduction to Social Statistics
  • Social Demography
  • Sexuality and Society
  • Sociology of Law
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Thesis
  • Graduate Seminar in Sociology of Law
  • Graduate Seminar in Sociology of Sexuality
  • Graduate Seminar in Sociological Theory
  • Graduate Seminar in Population Studies
  • Graduate Seminar in Research and Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Proseminar

Selected Publications

  • Baumle, Amanda K., Audrey K. Miller, & Elizabeth Gregory. Forthcoming. “Effects of State-Level Abortion and LGBT Laws and Policies on Interstate Migration Attitudes.” Population Research & Policy Review.
  • Baumle, Amanda K., and Sonny Nordmarken, eds. 2022. Demography of Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Minority Populations. New York: Springer Press.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and Dudley L. Poston, Jr. 2019. “Apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020 Under Alternative Immigration-Based Scenarios.” Population & Development Review 45(2):379–400.
  • Baumle, Amanda K., M.V. Lee Badgett, & Steven Boutcher. 2019. “New Research on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination: Effect of State Policy on Charges Filed at the EEOC.” Special issue, Journal of Homosexuality: Honoring the Lifetime Contributions of Dr. Gregory Herek 8:1135–1144.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2018. “LGBT Family Lawyers: Evolution of Professional Identities and Practice.” Special issue, Family Court Review: Sexual Orientation, Gender Diversity, and Family Law 56(3):423–433.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2018. “LGBT Family Lawyers and Same-Sex Marriage Recognition: How Legal Change Shapes Professional Identity and Practice.” Special issue, Journal of Homosexuality: The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on LGBT Activism, Politics, and Communities 65(14):2053–2075.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2018. “Legal Counseling and the Marriage Decision: The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Family Law Practice.” Special issue, Family Relations: Intersectional Variations in the Experiences of Queer Families 67:192–206.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and D’Lane R. Compton. 2017. “Love Wins? Legal Challenges for LGBT Families After Marriage Equality.” Contexts 16(1):30–35.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and D'Lane R. Compton. 2015. Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood. New York, NY: NYU Press.
  • 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.
  • Badgett, M.V. Lee, Amanda K. Baumle, Shawn Kravich, Adam P. Romero, and R. Bradley Sears. 2009. “The Impact on Maryland's Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry.” University of Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 7: 295- 339.
  • Baumle, Amanda K., Mark Fossett, and Warren Waren. 2008. “Strategic Annexation Under the Voting Rights Act: Racial Dimensions of Annexation Practices.” Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal 24: 81-115.
  • Baumle, Amanda K., Editor. 2006. Demography in Transition: Emerging Trends in Population Studies. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and Mark Fossett. 2005. “Statistical Discrimination in Employment: Its Practice, Conceptualization, and Implications for Public Policy.” American Behavioral Scientist 48: 1250-1274.
  • Baumle, Amanda K. and Dudley L. Poston, Jr. 2004. “Apportioning the House of Representatives in 2000: The Effects of Alternative Policy Scenarios.” Social Science Quarterly 85: 578-603.