Amy Sorensen is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Sociology Department and as the Coordinator of Academic Diversity Initiatives for the college.
A native of Southwest Virginia, Dr. Sorensen’s areas of specialization include complex inequalities, health/disability, and sociology of the body. Her passion for interdisciplinary scholarship and social justice is evident in her research and her participation in the Women’s and Gender Studies program.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Institute on Disability and Human Development—University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD, Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies—Virginia Tech
MA, Sociology—East Tennessee State University
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (concentrations in Research Methodology & Sociology)—East Tennessee State University
Some of the courses Dr. Sorensen teaches include:
- SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology
- SOCI 102 - Introduction to Inequality
- SOCI 270 - Race/Ethnicity
- SOCI 252 - Sociology of Health
- SOCI 241 - Body & Society
- SOCI 450 - Senior Seminar
- SOSS 200 - Introduction to Research Methods
- SOCI 305 - Policy, Problems, and People
Much of Dr. Sorensen’s research has focused on disablement as a process and working towards a more nuanced theoretical understanding of the body as a social process. She is currently working with Dr. Shelley Koch on a longitudinal, multiple-methods study of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on household labor.