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Amy Lutz

Amy Lutz

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426 Eggers Hall

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By Appointment

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Zia Jackson


Amy Lutz

Associate Professor, Sociology Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Fall 2023

SOC 101.008 Intro to Sociology, Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-3:20, Falk 101

SOC 281.003 Sociology of Families, Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-12:20, National Veteran Resource Center 018

WGS 281.003 Sociology of Families, Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-12:20, National Veteran Resource Center 018

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Albany, State University of New York, 2002


Amy Lutz is an associate professor of sociology and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. She conducts research on children of immigrants, race ethnicity and educational inequalities. Lutz is currently working on a project that examines the educational and early labor market outcomes among children of immigrants in France and the United States. She is also working on a collaborative project on the relationship between families and schools and the role of social class on educationally relevant parenting practices. Additionally, she is working on a project that aims to determine how different affirmative action contexts have impacted different racial-ethnic groups’ enrollment and completion of degrees at selective colleges and universities.

 Amy received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Albany in 2002.

Areas of Expertise

Race and ethnicity, immigration, bilingualism, educational inequality

Research Interests

Immigration, racial and ethnic inequality, sociology of education, sociology of language

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Principal Investigator.  “Working and Teaching from Home in New York State amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic.” National Science Foundation. 2020-2022.

Principal Investigator. Access to Selective Colleges in the Pre- and Post-Grutter Eras Among Racial, Ethnic, and Immigrant Groups," with CO-PI Pamela Bennett (UMBC). Funded by the National Science Foundation. 2012-2017.



Atterberry, Adrienne L., Derrace McCallum, Siqi Tu, and Amy Lutz. 2022. Children and Youths’ Migration in a Global Landscape: Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (Vol. 29) Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Pamela R. Bennett, Amy Lutz and Lakshmi Jayaram. 2021. Parenting in Privilege or Peril: How SocialInequality Enables or Derails the American Dream. New York: Teachers College Press.

Selected Papers 

Lutz, Amy, Sujung (Crystal) Lee, and Baurzhan Bokayev. "Intensive Mothering in the Time of Coronavirus" Social Issues

Abdelhady, Dalia, and Amy Lutz. "Perceptions of Success among the Children of Immigrants in the United States, France and Germany" Ethnicities

2022    Bennett, Pamela and Amy Lutz. "Bans and Signals: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Applications to Elite Public Colleges in States With and Without Affirmative Action" Harvard Educational Review 93(3): 361-390

State Bans on Affirmative Action and Talent Loss among Blacks and Latinos in the United States.” Amy Lutz, Pamela R. Bennett and Rebecca Wang. Ethnic Studies Review (2020), 43: 58-76.

Working-Class Children of Mexican Immigrants in Dallas, Texas.” Amy Lutz and Dalia Abdelhady. City and Community (2020), 19: 310-314. 

How Affirmative Action Context Shapes Collegiate Outcomes at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities.” Amy Lutz, Pamela R. Bennett and Rebecca Wang. Journal of Law and Social Policy (2019), 31: 71-91. 

“Jumping on the STEM Train: Differences in High School Math and STEM College Degree Attainment between Children of Immigrants and Natives in the United States.”  Yingyi Ma and Amy Lutz. Research in Sociology of Education, (2018), pp.129 – 154.

"Mismatch and Academic Performance at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities." Amy Lutz, Pamela R. Bennett, and Rebecca Wang. Ethnic and Racial Studies (2017).

Examining Educational Inequalities in Two National Systems: A Comparison of the North African Second Generation in France and the Mexican Second Generation in the United States.” Brinbaum, Yaël and Amy Lutz. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2017).

Biliteracy and the Educational Achievement of Latino High School Students." Amy Lutz, International Journal of Education and Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No.2 (2016), pp. 75-88.

“Getting the Homework Done: Social Class and Parents’ Relationship to Homework." Amy Lutz and Lakshmi Jayaram, International Journal of Education and Social Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 6 (2015), pp. 73-84.

“The Transition from School to Work for Children of Immigrants with Lower-Level Educational Credentials in the United States and France." Amy Lutz, Yaël Brinbaum, and Dalia Abdelhady, Comparative Migration Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014), pp. 227-254.

“Gender Inequalities in the Education of the Second Generation in Cross-national Perspective." Fenella Fleischmann and Cornelia Kristen including the provision of data and analyses instrumental to the research by Anthony F. Heath, Yaël Brinbaum, Patrick Deboosere,Nadia Granato, Jan O. Jonsson, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Georg Lorenz, Amy C. Lutz, David Mos, Raya Mutarrak, Karen Phalet, Catherine Rothon,Frida Rudolphi, and Herman G. van de Werfhorst, Sociology of Education, Vol. 87, No. 3 (2014), pp. 143-170.

“Beyond the School Yard: Social Class Differences in Parenting and Youth Participation in Structured Activities." Pamela Bennett, Amy Lutz, and Lakshmi Jayaram Sociology of Education, Vol. 85, No. 2 (2012), pp. 131-157. Reprinted in Ballantine, Jeanne and Joan Spade (2014) Schools and Societies: A Sociological Approach to Education, 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 “How African American is the Net Black Advantage?: Differences in College Enrollment among Immigrant Blacks, Native Blacks and Whites." Pamela Bennett, Sociology of Education, Vol. 82 (2009), pp. 70-100.

“Why do Bilingual Boys get Better Grades in English-only America?: The Impacts of Gender, Language, and Family Interaction on Academic Achievement of Latino/Children of Immigrants." Stephanie Crist, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 32, Issue 2 (2009), pp. 346-368.  

“Who Joins the Military?: A Look at Race, Class, and Immigration Status.” Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Vol. 36, Issue 2 (2008), pp. 167-188. 

 “Negotiating Home Language: Spanish Maintenance and Loss in Latino Families.” Latino(a), Research Review, Vol. 6 (2007, 2008), pp. 37-64. 

“Barriers to High School Completion Among Immigrant and Later-Generation Latinos in the United States: A Look at Language, Ethnicity, Family Structure and Socioeconomic Status.” Ethnicities, Vol7 (2007), pp. 323-342. 

"Spanish Maintenance among English-speaking Latino Youth: The Role of Individual and Social Characteristics." Social Forces, Vol. 84 (2006), pp. 1417-1433. 

“Adolescent Residential Mobility and Premature Life-Course Transitions: The Role of Peer Networks." Scott South and Eric P. Baumer, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. 11 (2005), pp. 23-52.