Amanda Gengler

Amanda M. 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 joined the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2013. She completed her undergraduate degree (2001) and M.S.S.W (2003) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her Ph.D. (2014) at Brandeis University. Broadly, her work explores the interactional reproduction of inequality. Her previous ethnographic research analyzed gendered rhetorics and processes of control and resistance at a battered women’s shelter. Her current research examines the work parents do to get the best possible medical care for children with life-threatening illnesses, and to manage the difficult emotions involved in the illness process.

Her work has been funded by the Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and has appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Problems, and Symbolic Interaction, among other outlets.



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