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Amy Spring

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., University of Washington, 2014


Community and Urban Sociology, Demography, Residential Mobility, and Spatial Inequality


Dr. Spring joined the Sociology Department in 2015 after completing her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and a research fellowship at UW’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. Her primary research centers on neighborhood context, residential mobility, and spatial inequality in the city.

Her recent work examines processes of residential mobility and neighborhood selection, utilizing data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. In collaboration with colleagues at several other universities, she is examining how the location and characteristics of neighborhoods inhabited by nuclear and extended family members influences the likelihood of moving between poor and nonpoor neighborhoods and between neighborhoods of varying racial composition. She is also investigating how neighborhoods affect health and wellness, especially at older ages. Other recent work examines the spatial geography of same-sex households. Working with micro-level census data available at the Atlanta Research Data Center, Dr. Spring is investigating how residential mobility of same-sex households is tied to issues of housing and gentrification. Dr. Spring currently serves on the external review board for the Atlanta Research Data Center and on the editorial boards of City & Community and Social Science Research.

Dr. Spring’s teaching interests include urban sociology and research methods.

Curriculum Vitae


Ackert, Elizabeth S., Amy Spring, Kyle Crowder, and Scott J. South. 2019 [online first]. “Kin Location as an Explanation for Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Exiting and Entering Poor Neighborhoods.” Forthcoming in Social Science Research.

Gabriel, Ryan, and Amy Spring. 2019. “Neighborhood Diversity, Neighborhood Affluence: An Analysis of the Neighborhood Destination Choices of Mixed-Race Couples with Children”. Demography 56(3): 1051-1073.

Kail, Ben, Amy Spring, and Mathew Gayman. 2019. “A Conceptual Matrix of the Temporal and Spatial Dimensions of Socioeconomic Status and Their Relationship with Health.” The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 74(1): 148-159.

Spring, Amy. 2018. “Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Neighborhood Built Environment on Self-Rated Health of Older Adults.” The Gerontologist 58(1): 36-46.

Spring, Amy, Elizabeth S. Ackert, Kyle Crowder, and Scott J. South. 2017. “Influences of Proximity to Kin on Residential Mobility and Destination Choice: Examining Local Movers in Metropolitan Areas.” Demography 54(4): 1277-1304.

South, Scott J., Ying Huang, Amy Spring, and Kyle Crowder. 2016. “Neighborhood Attainment Over the Adult Life Course.” American Sociological Review 81(6): 1276-1304.

Hall, Matthew, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring. 2015. “Neighborhood Foreclosures, Racial/Ethnic Transitions, and Residential Segregation.” American Sociological Review (80)3: 526-549.

Spring, Amy. 2013. “Declining Segregation of Same-Sex Partners: Evidence from Census 2000 and 2010.” Population Research and Policy Review 32(5): 687-716.