Layne Amerikaner (she/her) is a University of Maryland sociology doctoral candidate and an editorial assistant for the Journal of Marriage and Family.  Her research interests include intersectional approaches to studying health and well-being, LGBTQ+ families, and workplace inequality.  Amerikaner is the co-author of Thinking Outside the Girl Box: Teaming Up With Resilient Youth in Appalachia, published by Ohio University Press in 2014. 

Her dissertation research, which is supported by a Russell Sage Foundation Dissertation Research Grant, examines workplace experiences and well-being among sexual and gender minority adults in the U.S. during the COVID era. 

Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, she worked as a writer and editor for multiple nonprofit and community-based advocacy organizations.  She has a master's degree in public policy and gender studies from George Washington University, a master's degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College.  Her writing has been published in Social Science & Medicine, Contexts, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, and Huffington Post, among other outlets.

Areas of Interest

  • Gender, Work, and Family
  • LGBTQ+ Families
  • Workplace Inequality
  • Health and Well-being


  • MA
    Public Policy and Gender Studies
  • MA
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Department of Sociology
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