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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. She is also collaborating with colleagues at several other universities to assess the ongoing impacts of the recent foreclosure crisis on racial residential segregation.

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

Curriculum Vitae


Spring, Amy. 2017 (on-line). “Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Neighborhood Built Environment on Self-Rated Health of Older Adults.” The Gerontologist 00(00): 1-11.

Gayman, Mathew, Ben Kail, Amy Spring, and George Greenidge. 2017 (on-line). “Risk and Protective Factors for Depressive Symptoms among African American Men: An Application of the Stress Process Model.” Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 00(00): 1-11.

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.

Huang, Ying, Scott J. South, and Amy Spring. 2017. “Racial Differences in Neighborhood Attainment Over the Life Course: The Contributions of Residential Mobility, Migration, and In Situ Change.” Demography 54(5): 1-24.

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.

Spring, Amy, Stewart E. Tolnay, and Kyle Crowder. 2016. “Moving to Opportunities? Changing Patterns of Migration in North America.” In Michael White (ed.), Handbook on Migration.

Hall, Matthew, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring. 2015. “Variations in Housing Foreclosures by Race and Place, 2005-2012.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (660)1: 217-237.

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.

Cover, Jane, Amy Spring, and Rachel G. Kleit. 2011. “Hispanics on the Margins: The Spatial Organization of Traditional and Fringe Banking Services.” Journal of Urban Affairs 33(3): 317-344.