Amanda Gengler

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.- Brandeis University, Sociology (2014)
M.S.S.W. -University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
B.A.- University of Wisconsin-Madison, History and Social Welfare (2001)

Telephone: (336) 758-3948
Office: 004E Kirby Hall



Amanda Gengler


Dr. Gengler’s research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, the sociology of emotion, the interactional reproduction of inequality, and ethnographic research methods. Her book, “Save My Kid”: How Families of Critically Ill Children Cope, Hope, and Negotiate an Unequal Healthcare System was published in January 2020 with New York University Press. Her research has also been published in the Journal of Health and Social BehaviorSocial ProblemsSocial Psychology QuarterlySymbolic Interaction, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, among other outlets. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Sociological Association, and has received awards from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and the Society for the Study of Social Problems Theory Division. She regularly teaches principles of sociology alongside upper-level seminars on health, inequality, and emotion.



Soc 151:  Principles of Sociology
Soc 154:  Deviant Behavior
Soc 335: Sociology of Health and Illness
Soc 368: Sociology of Death and Dying
Soc 398: Observing the Social World

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