Amy Reynolds, Ph.D.


Sociology and Anthropology Department

Associate Professor of Sociology
On Faculty since 2010

Phone: (630)752-5221


Ph.D., Sociology, Princeton University, 2010
Dissertation titled, "Saving the Market: The Role of Values, Authority, and Networks in International Trade Discourse"

M.A., Sociology, Princeton University, 2006.

M.P.P., Public Policy, Georgetown University, 2005.

A.B., Sociology, Harvard University, 1999
Thesis: Role of Faith and the Black Church in the Lives of Urban Teen Girls in Boston.

About Amy Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds’ research focuses primarily on issues of economic globalization, and the influence of religion and culture within markets. She has a particular interest on Central America, having spent time with World Relief in El Salvador analyzing the coffee sector. She has conducted research throughout Canada, the United States, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.  Before coming to Wheaton, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Reynolds is currently researching issues surrounding women in leadership within evangelical organizations. Along with Dr. Janel Curry (Provost, Gordon College), she is investigating the different organizational, cultural, and theological aspects of organizations that promote (or hinder) women in leadership positions.

Dr. Reynolds is a guest blogger at Black, White and Gray >>, a place where sociologists share research and relate it to issues of Christian faith and practice.

Amy Reynolds is married to Dr. Stephen Offutt, a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. They have three children, Adrianna, Emily, and Gabriella.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Gender and Society
  • The Family
  • Sociology of Sexuality
  • Social Change
  • Faith and Globalization
  • Social and Political Movements
  • Contemporary Social Concerns
  • Applied Sociology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Latin American Studies Association

Research Interests

  • Sociology of religion
  • Economic sociology
  • International political economy
  • Gender & inequality
  • Central American studies

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Reynolds' CV

Selected Publications

Amy Reynolds. “Networks, Ethics, and Economic Values.”  Latin American Research Review, forthcoming

Amy Reynolds and Catherine Crouch. "More Light: Modest Progress on Science and Religion." Review of Elaine Howard Ecklund's Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think (Oxford University Press, 2010).  Books and Culture, September/October 2010.

Rebekah Peoples Massengill and Amy Reynolds. "Moral Discourse in Economic Contexts." In The Handbook of the Sociology of Morality, edited by Steven Hitlin and Stephen Vaisey. Springer. 2010.

Becky Hsu, Amy Reynolds, Conrad Hackett, and Jim Gibbon. "Estimating the Religious Composition of All Nations: An Empirical Assessment of the World Christian Database." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47(4): 678-693, 2008.

Amy Reynolds and Christopher Winship. "Faith, Practice, and Transformation: A Theory-Based Evaluation of Faith-Based Teen Programs." In Taking Faith Seriously: Engaging and Evaluating Religion in American Democracy, edited by Mary Jo Bane and Brent Coffin, Harvard University Press, 2005.

Selected Presentations

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 2010.  "Religious Organizations and the Power of Multinational Corporations."

Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame, February 2010. "Catholic and Costa Rican: Bishops' Discourse About Free Trade."

American Academy of Religion, November 2009. "Liberating the Economy: A North American Religious Response to Globalization."

Boston University, Social Science and Religion Network, March 2009. "Canadian Christians and the Struggle for an Alternative Economic Order."

American Sociological Association, August 2008. "Mapping the Religious Landscape: How Religious Organizations Interact with the International Political Economy"

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 2006. "Estimating the Religious Composition of All Nations: An Empirical Assessment," co-presented with James Gibbon.

International Sociological Association, July 2006. "Religious Beliefs and Economic Attitudes"

American Sociological Association, August 2005. "Faith Based Networks and the Central American Coffee Business."

Independent Sector, Spring 2003 Research Forum. "Faith, Practice, and Transformation: A Theory-Based Evaluation of Faith-Based Teen Programs." Co-presented with Christopher Winship.

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