Amy Langenkamp’s main fields of interest are education, stratification, and life course transitions. Her research explores transitions between major societal institutions and processes of inequality within those institutions. Articles published in journals such as Sociological Perspectives, Sociology of Education, and American Journal of Education document different types of institutional pathways taken by students as they transition, explore how social relationships can become protective factors for low achieving students, and investigate how timing of transitions influence their effect on students' academic trajectory. Other work, published in Social Problems, explores how parenting can help alleviate emotional distress associated with family structure changes.
Langenkamp is currently investigating how social class and race/ethnicity shape students’ preparation for and transition to postsecondary education with a focus on immigrant students, first generation college-going students, and Latinos’ educational trajectory. She is affiliated with the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI), and the Institute for Latino Studies, and holds the O'Shaughnessy Assistant Professor Chair of Educational Studies.
Research Interests: Education, Race/ethnicity, Immigration, Life course transitions, Adolescent health and development
Areas of Study: Education, Stratification and Inequality, Work, Economy and Organization