Dr. Amy McLaughlin is Sociology Lecturer and Academic Advisor at the University of Maryland. As a part of the Undergraduate Advising team, Dr. McLaughlin serves as the internship and career development specialist and advises sociology majors in course registration, major changes, major benchmarks, and the graduation clearance process.  She enjoys working with undergraduate sociology majors and helping them grow to their full potential.  Dr. McLaughlin teaches courses on the Transition from Student to Professional, Women's Empowerment in the Developing World, the Sociology of Gender and various other courses.

Dr. McLaughlin is a part of the Women's Empowerment: Data for Gender Equality (WEDGE) project.  The WEDGE team focuses on improving the measurement of gender empowerment in the developing world. The project has a forthcoming paper in the Annual Review of Sociology, "Measurement of Women's Empowerment in Developing Countries."  She worked for the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) from 2015-2021, and was the Associate Director of the Consortium of Race, Gender and Ethnicity at UMD from 2001-2007.  Her research interests include gender, caregiving, and social norms.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park.

Areas of Interest

  • Gender, Caregiving, Social Norms, Inequality


  • BA
    University of California, Irvine
  • MA
    University of Maryland College Park
  • PhD
    University of Maryland College Park
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3105 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
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