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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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Education

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

Biography

Amanda K. Baumle is Department Chair and 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 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 ForcesSocial Science ResearchJournal of Marriage and FamilyPopulation & 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

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

Teaching

  • 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 Dudley L. Poston, Jr. 2019. “Apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020: Alternative Immigration-Based and Overseas Population-Based Scenarios.” Population & Development Review, online at https://doi.org/10.1111/padr.12230.

  • Baumle, Amanda K., M.V. Lee Badgett, & Steven Boutcher. 2019. “New Research on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination.” Journal of Homosexuality, online at https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2019.1603494. Special Issue: Honoring the Lifetime Contributions of Dr. Gregory Herek, edited by Dominic Parrott.

  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2018. “LGBT Family Lawyers: Evolution of Professional Identities and Practice.” Family Court Review 56(3): 423-433. Special issue on “Sexual Orientation, Gender Diversity, and Family Law,” edited by Carlos Ball and Charlotte Patterson (Invited).

  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2018. “LGBT Family Lawyers and Same-Sex Marriage Recognition: How Legal Change Shapes Professional Identity and Practice.” Journal of Homosexuality 65(14): 2053-2075. Special issue on “The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on LGBT Activism, Politics, and Communities,” edited by Mary Bernstein.

  • Baumle, Amanda K. 2018. “Legal Counseling and the Marriage Decision: The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Family Law Practice.” Family Relations, 67: 192-206. Special issue on “Intersectional Variations in the Experiences of Queer Families,” edited by Brad van Eeden-Moorefield.

  • 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.

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