Amy Binder

SNF Agora Faculty

Amy Binder is a professor of Sociology and comes to Johns Hopkins from the University of California San Diego. She received her BA from Stanford University and her MA and PhD from Northwestern University. Her principal research interests are in education, politics, culture, and organizations. Over the past decade, her research has been especially focused on how universities and national organizations shape the career and political pathways of college students, but she has also studied politics in K-12 schooling, media practices and popular culture, and professional practices in the social service sector. Her books and articles have won multiple awards, and she has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. She has served as chair of the ASA’s Sociology of Education section and as a council member for three other sections: the Sociology of Culture, Political Sociology, and Organizations, Occupations, and Work. Her third book, The Channels of Student Activism: How the Left and Right Are Winning and Losing in Campus Politics Today, was published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2022.