Amy Blackstone

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Amy Blackstone’s CV

B.A. Luther College, 1994
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2003

Professor Blackstone studies childlessness and the childfree choice, childfree families, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. Her work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including American Sociological Review, Law & Society Review, Sociology Compass, and Gender & Society. Professor Blackstone’s research has been featured by various media outlets including the Katie show, MPBN Radio, NBC, Fox,, MSNBC, Marie Claire, Dame, Huffington Post, and other local and national venues.

Amy’s teaching and research interests include the sociology of gender, work, food, and families. She has served as a consultant on workplace sexual harassment cases, and her research on this topic has been cited in the New York Times, USA Today, BuzzFeed, TIME, NBC News, and other outlets. Her book Childfree by Choice (Dutton, 2019) explores the history and growing movement of adults choosing to forgo parenthood. Dr. Blackstone has shared her research on the childfree choice in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Huffington Post, on the Katie show, and other venues. She is passionate about food and has taught the Sociology of Food at UMaine and in Italy.

Amy and her husband Lance blog about the childfree choice at we’re {not} having a baby!. She is also a founding Advisory Board member of Feminist Reflections, a blog hosted by The Society Pages. Dr. Blackstone has served as a Consulting Editor for Contexts and is author the textbook Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (Flat World Knowledge).