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About Amy August

Amy August is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Assistant Director of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. Her research explores the intersections of sport, education, and family using primarily qualitative methods. Her most recent work is an ethnographic study comparing the forms of cultural capital recognized and rewarded by teachers and coaches in school and sport at the preschool level. She is also engaged in a collaborative, mixed-method project called the Kids' Involvement and Diversity Study, which investigates the scope and significance of organized youth sports and extracurricular activities for families in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota. 


2020 - Present Assistant Director, San Jose State University Institute of the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change
2020 - Present Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences


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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Sociological Society
Present Member, Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research
Present Member, International Sociology of Sport Association
Present Member, Midwest Sociological Society
Present Member, Midwest Sociology of Education Society
Present Member, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
Present Member, Pacific Sociological Association
Present Member, Sociologists of Minnesota
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  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences
  • Sociology of Family


2020 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Minnesota
2012 M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago
2006 M.A., Teaching, Dominican University
2002 B.A., English, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Publications (5)

Research Presentations (16)

SJSU Author & Artist Celebration (1)