O'Shaughnessy Foundation Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Professor Amy Langenkamp's main fields of interest are education, stratification, and life course transitions. Her research seeks to understand when transitions between major societal institutions can create opportunity or when they exacerbate risk. Langenkamp’s published work in sociology of education documents different types of institutional pathways taken by students as they transition, explores how social relationships can become protective factors for low achieving students, and investigates how timing of transitions influence their effect on students' academic trajectory. Other published work explores how parenting can help alleviate emotional distress associated with family structure changes. Langenkamp is currently exploring how family background influences the transition to postsecondary education, particularly focusing on this major transition for Latino adolescents and their families.
Langenkamp studied Sociology and Spanish as an undergraduate student at Villanova University, earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, and came to Notre Dame after working as an assistant professor of sociology at Georgia State University.
The O'Shaughnessy Foundation Assistant Professor of Educational Studies was established in 2009 through the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation. The fund supports the work of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, which through teaching, research, and outreach, strives to improve the education of all young people, particularly the disadvantaged, with a special call to sustain, strengthen, and transform elementary and secondary Catholic schools.