Amy E. Stich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Foundations of Education


Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)

Research Interests

Sociology of Education; Social Class, Race, and Inequality; Theories of Social Reproduction; Educational Policy; Qualitative Methodologies


Ph.D., Sociology of Education, University at Buffalo


  • Sociology of Schooling (EPFE 355/555)
  • Education as an Agent for Change (EPFE 201)
  • Foundations of Education (EPFE 400)
  • Foundations of Educational Policy (EPFE 715)

Recent Awards

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

Selected Publications


Stich, A.E. & Freie, C. (Eds.). (2016). Inequality of access, opportunity, and outcome: Studies on the working class in higher education. New York: Routledge.

Stich, A. (2012, 2014). Access to inequality: Reconsidering class, knowledge, and capital in higher education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Weis, L., Eisenhart, M., Cipollone, K, Stich, A., Nikischer, A., Hanson, J., Ohle, S., & Dominguez, R. (2015). In the Guise of STEM Education Reform: Opportunity Structures and Outcomes in Inclusive STEM -Focused High Schools. American Educational Research Journal, 52(6), 1024-1059. 

Eisenhart, M., Weis, L., Bemis, C.A., Cipollone, K., Stich, A., & Wiley, K. (2015). What is a STEM School?  Opportunities for STEM in Inclusive STEM-focused and Traditional High Schools in Two U.S. Cities. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 52(2), 763-789.

Stich, A.E. & Reeves, T.D. (2014). Degrees of differentiation: Social class and the mission(s) of higher education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 1-17.

Stich, A.E., & Colyar, J.E. (2013). Thinking relationally about studying ‘up.’ British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(5), 729-746.

Stich, A.E., Cipollone, K., Nikischer, A, & Weis, L. (2012). Walking the methodological tightrope: Balancing researcher dilemmas inside an urban school district in times of public disinvestment. Qualitative Inquiry 18(6), 463-474.

Cipollone, K. & Stich, A. (2012). Attending to Issues of Access in contemporary times: Centering a significant side issue. Ethnography and Education, 7(1), 21-38.

Stich, A.E. (2011). The color of the ethno/graphic. Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies. 11(1), 3-8.

Reeves, T. D., & Stich, A. E. (2011). Tackling suboptimal bachelor’s degree completion rates through training in self-regulated learning. Innovative Higher Education, 36(1), 3-17.

Colyar, J.E. & Stich, A.E. (2011). Discourses of remediation: Low-income students and academic identities. American Behavioral Scientist, 55(2), 121-141.

Weis, L., Jenkins, H. & Stich, A. (2009). Diminishing the divisions among us:  Reading and writing across difference in theory and method in the sociology of education. Review of Educational Research, 79 (2), 912-945.

Book Chapters

Stich, A.E. (2016). Tracking class in higher education. In Stich, A.E. & Freie, C. (Eds.). Inequality of access, opportunity, and outcome: Studies on the working class in higher education. New York: Routledge.

Weis, L., Cipollone, K., & Stich, A. (2015). Poverty, privilege, and the intensification of inequalities in the postsecondary admissions process. In W. Tierney (Ed). Rethinking Education and Poverty. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins Press.

Zhao Ciupak, Y. & Stich, A. (2012). The changing educational opportunity structure in China: Positioning for access to higher education. In L. Weis and N. Dolby (Eds.) Social Class and Education: Global Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Weis, L., Lalonde, C., Meyers, M., Zhou, Y., Stich, A. & Jenkins, H.  (2010).  Sociology of education:  A review of four decades of empirical research in the United States, 1966-2008. In S. Tozer, B.P. Gallegos, A. Henry, M. Bushnell-Greiner, P. Groves-Price (Eds). Handbook of research in the social foundations of education. New York: Routledge.

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