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Amy Armenia, PhD

Professor of Sociology & Department Chair

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I am a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Sociology at Rollins College. I earned my PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. I have previously taught at Randolph-Macon College and Hofstra University.

I teach a broad range of courses in sociology, including Research Methods, Theory, Sociology of the Family, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Who Cares for Children and Elders.

My research focuses on issues related to care in society, including unpaid care, family leave, and care workers. I am co-chair of the Carework Network, a global network of researchers on care work. I am co-editor (with Mignon Duffy and Kim Price-Glynn) of the Care in a Changing World book series, with Rutgers University Press. I am a co-editor of Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care Work (Rutgers 2015). I have published other research in Work and Occupations, the Journal of Family Issues, Social Science Research, and Social Science Quarterly.

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Professor of Sociology and Chair | Rollins College
September 2018 – Present
Affiliated Faculty in Sexuality, Women’s Studies and Gender (SWAG) and African and African American Studies (AAAS) Programs

Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair | Rollins College
August 2014 – August 2018
Affiliated Faculty in Sexuality, Women’s Studies and Gender (SWAG) and African and African American Studies (AAAS) Programs
Social Science Division Representative to Executive Committee (2017-2019)

Associate Professor of Sociology | Randolph-Macon College
May 2012 – May 2014
Affiliated Faculty in Women’s Studies and Black Studies programs
Acting Director of Women’s Studies Program, AY 2012-13

Assistant Professor of Sociology | Randolph-Macon College
September 2008 – May 2012
Affiliated Faculty in Women’s Studies and Black Studies Programs

Assistant Professor of Sociology | Hofstra University
September 2005 – May 2008

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology | Rollins College
September 2004 – May 2005

Books Edited

Duffy, Mignon, Amy Armenia, and Clare L. Stacey, eds. 2015. Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care Work. Rutgers University Press.

Journal Articles

Armenia, A., and B. Troia. 2017. “Evolving Opinions: Evidence on Marriage Equality Attitudes from Panel Data.” Social Science Quarterly 98(1): 185-195. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12312

Armenia, A., N. Gerstel, and C. Wing. 2014. “Workplace Compliance With the Law: The Case of the Family and Medical Leave Act.” Work and Occupations 41(3): 277-304.

Gerstel, N. and A. Armenia. 2009. “Giving and taking family leave: Right or Privilege?” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, 21, 161-184.

Findings featured in New York Times Economix blog, “Family Leave: Right or Privilege?” January 25, 2010. (

Findings featured in Council on Contemporary Families Newsletter, Unconventional Wisdom, April, 2010. (

Armenia, A. 2009. “More than motherhood: Reasons for becoming a family day care worker.” Journal of Family Issues, 30, 554-574. 

Armenia, A., & Gerstel, N. 2006. “Inequalities and the FMLA: The successes and failures of a `universal’ policy.” Social Science Research, 35, 871-891. 

Other Selected Publications

Armenia, A. 2018. “Global conversations about care (conference review of the Global Carework Summit, 1–3 June 2017, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA),” International Journal of Care and Caring.  (Invited) 

Armenia, A. 2018. “Carework Research and Theory,” in Handbook of the Sociology of Gender, Second Edition, edited by Barbara Risman, Carissa Froyum, and William Scarborough. Springer.  

Armenia, A. 2016. Book Review of Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe, edited by Erin Anderson and Catherine Richards Solomon. Work and Occupations. 43(1): 110-111.  

Armenia, A. 2014. Book Review of Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work Family Policy, by Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum. American Journal of Sociology. 120(2): 586-587 

Armenia, A. 2014. Book Review of Caring Democracy: Markets, Equality, and Justice, by Joan C. Tronto. Gender & Society. 28(3): 501-503.

Armenia, A. 2013. “Child Care.” In Vicki Smith (Ed.) Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, Sage Publications.

Rollins College

  • The Sociological Perspective 
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociological Theory 
  • Methodology
  • Poverty and Welfare
  • Social Media and Society
  • A Caring Society
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Statistics for Social Science
  • Inequality 101: Race/Class/Gender in Higher Education 

Randolph-Macon College

  • Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • Gender, Sex and Society
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Social Class and Inequality
  • Foundations of Sociology (co-taught)
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Poverty and Welfare 
  • Boys’ Don’t Cry: Masculinity in Society and Literature (co-taught)

Hofstra University

  • Contemporary Society (Introduction to Sociology)
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Social Theory and Social Issues (Classical Theory)
  • Statistics in Sociology 

University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Elementary Statistics
  • Sociology of the Family

  • Treasurer, Eastern Sociological Society (2014-2019)
  • Steering Committee Member, Carework Researchers Network (2009-present)