Amy E. Traver, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences

Office: M400

Email: ATraver@qcc.cuny.edu

Phone: (718) 281-5319

Education

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, 2008
  • Ed.M. in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1999
  • B.A. in Political Science & Philosophy, Colgate University, 1997

Specialties & Classes Taught

  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology of Education
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology PNET

Sample Publications

  • Traver, Amy E. and John Duran. Forthcoming. "Dancing Around (Dis)Ability: How Nondisabled Girls are affected by Participation in a Dance Program for Girls with Disabilities." Qualitative Inquiry.
  • Traver, Amy E. and Zivah Perel Katz. Forthcoming. "Introduction: Service-Learning at the American Community College," in Service-Learning at the American Community College: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, edited by Amy Traver and Zivah Perel Katz. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Traver, Amy E. and Zivah Perel Katz. Forthcoming. "Service-Learning and Immigrant-Origin Community College Students: How and Why Project Design Matters," in Service-Learning at the American Community College: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, edited by Amy Traver and Zivah Perel Katz. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Traver, Amy E. and Zivah Perel Katz, eds. Forthcoming. Service-Learning at the American Community College: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2014. "Becoming a 'Chinese-American' Parent: Whiteness, Chinese Cultural Practice, and American Parents of Children Adopted from China," in Race in Transnational and Transracial Adoption, edited by Vilna Bashi Treitler. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Traver, Amy E., Edward Volchok, Temi Bidjerano, and Peter Shea. 2013. "Correlating Community College Students’ Perceptions of Community of Inquiry Presences with their Completion of Blended Courses," Internet and Higher Education 20:1-9.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2013. "On Markets and Adoptive Motherhood: The Case of American Families with Children Adopted from China," in Motherhood, Markets and Consumption: The Making of Mothers in Contemporary Western Culture, edited by Stephanie O'Donohoe, Margaret Hogg, Pauline Maclaran, Lydia Martens, and Lorna Stevens. London: Routledge.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2012. "Mothering Chineseness: The Gendered Nature of American China Adoptive Parents’ Ethnic Efforts," in Adoption and Mothering, edited by Frances Latchford. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2011. "Acerca del consumo de productos culturales chinos para su exposición en el hogar por parte de los padres adoptivos," in Acción e interpretación en las sociología cualitativa norteamericana, edited by Javier Auyero and Rodrigo Hobert. Argentina: FLACSO/Ediciones EPC. 
  • Traver, Amy E. 2010. "Adopting China: American China Adoptive Parents’ Development of Transnational Ties to China." International Journal of Sociology of the Family 36.2:93-115.
  • Kimmel, Michael and Amy E. Traver, eds. 2009. Women, Family, and Class: The Lillian Rubin Reader. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2009. "Towards a Theory of Fictive Kin Work: China Adoptive Parents’ Efforts to Connect their Children to Americans of Chinese Heritage." International Journal of Sociology of the Family 35.1:45-67.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2007. "Home(land) Décor: China Adoptive Parents’ Consumption of Chinese Cultural Objects for Display in their Homes." Qualitative Sociology 30.3:201-220.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2007. "(Ap)parent Boundaries: Parents’ Boundary-Work at Cultural Events for Families with Children Adopted from China." Sociological Focus 40.2:221-241.
  • Traver, Amy E. 2006. "Institutions and Organizational Change: Reorganizing New York City’s Public School System." The Journal of Education Policy 21.5:497-514.
  • Kimmel, Michael and Amy E. Traver. 2005. "Mentoring Masculinities: Race and Class in the (Re-)Construction of Gender in the U.S and the U.K." The Irish Journal of Sociology 14.2:213-230.

Sample Conference Presentations

  • "Nothing About Us Without Us: Partnering with Community College Students in Pedagogical and Sociological Research about Community College Students." 84th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Baltimore, MD. February 22, 2014.
  • "Linking Learning Community Theory and Course Completion in Partially-Online Community College Courses." 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Assocation, New York, NY. August 11, 2013.
  • "Making Students Count: Innovations in Undergraduate Research, Publication, and Teaching." 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Assocation, New York, NY. August 10, 2013.
  • "Service-Learning at the American Community College" (with Dr. Zivah Perel Katz and contributors). The Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education 4th Annual Summer Research Institute, Tufts University, Somerville, MA, July 18, 2013.
  • "Dance, Disability, and Embodiment: A Case Study of Believe Ballet." 2013 Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, D.C. March 28, 2013.
  • "Retention and Community College Students’ Perception of Community in Blended Courses" (with Dr. Edward Volchok). 2012 CUNY IT Conference, New York, NY. November 30, 2012.
  • "Dance, Disability, and Embodiment: A Case Study of Believe Ballet." 21st Annual Women & Society Conference at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. October 20, 2012.
  • "Teaching Sociology in a Community College: A Panel Discussion." 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Denver, CO. August 18, 2012.
  • "Embracing Sociology Through Interdisciplinary Wiki Work." 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA. March 22, 2012.
  • "On Disability and Dance, Girlhood and Perfection: A Case Study of Believe Ballet." 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA. March 23, 2012.
  • "In Service to Community College Success: Service Learning Pedagogy in Sociology and Across the Disciplines." 82nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY. February 25, 2012.
  • "Service Learning in a Learning Community: Combining High Impact Learning Experiences for Success in Two Courses." 2011 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, Chicago, IL. November 3, 2012.
  • "Student Wiki Project: Thinking Sociologically About Personal Narratives of Learning and Family." 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV. August 22, 2011.
  • "Cosmopolitan Families: Globalizing Americans’ International Adoptions." 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV. August 23, 2011. 
  • "Using Community as Classroom for Retention and Career Exploration" (with Regina Rochford and Nidhi Gadura). 91st Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 11, 2011.

Grants/Awards

  • Faculty position (with Professor Cary Lane, Dr. Steven Dahlke, et al.), Challenge Grant for Two-Year Colleges, National Endowment for the Humanities. 2014-2015.
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award (with Dr. Zivah Perel Katz). CUNY, The Research Foundation. 2014.
  • Faculty Mentorship, “Bridging Historias” program, National Endowment for the Humanities. (http://ashp.cuny.edu/teaching-and-learning/bridging-historias/). 2013-2015.
  • Faculty position (with Dr. Susan Jacobowitz, et al.), Challenge Grant for Two-Year Colleges, National Endowment for the Humanities. 2013-2014.
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award (with Dr. Zivah Perel Katz). CUNY, The Research Foundation. 2013.
  • Diversity Project Development Fund Grant, CUNY, Office of Recruitment and Diversity. (http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/dpdfdisabilities/). 2013.
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award. CUNY, The Research Foundation. 2012.
  • Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award. American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation. 2011.
  • Pedagogical Research Challenge Award for "What are the Mediating Variables and Retention Effects of Community College Students’ Perceptions of Community in Blended Courses?" (with Dr. Edward Volchok). CUNY, Queensborough. 2011.
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award. CUNY, The Research Foundation. 2011-2012.
  • Faculty Fellowship Publications Program (with Dr. Stephen Steinberg). CUNY, Office of the Dean for Recruitment and Diversity. 2011.
  • William Stewart Travel Award Grant. CUNY Graduate Center, Academy for the Humanities and Sciences. 2010.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. CUNY Graduate Center, The Center for the Humanities. 2009-2010.
  • SAGE/Pine Forge Press ASA Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award. SAGE/Pine Forge Press. 2009.