Ph.D., University of Washington, 2014
Community and Urban Sociology, Demography, Residential Mobility, and Spatial Inequality
Dr. Spring is a demographer and urban sociologist whose research centers on neighborhood context, residential mobility, and spatial inequality.
Her current work investigates how social networks, residential histories, and contextual circumstances influence residential decisions, including not only whether to move, but also where, how far, and to what type of neighborhood. She is particularly interested in how these residential selection mechanisms produce and reinforce broader patterns of spatial inequality, including residential segregation and economic disparities, and contribute to “neighborhood effects” on health and well-being. Her work has been published in Demography, American Sociological Review, and City & Community. She also serves on the editorial boards of City & Community and Social Science Research.
Dr. Spring’s teaching interests include urban sociology and research methods.
2020 Spring, Amy. “Breaking Down Segregation: Shifting Geographies of Same-Sex Partners within Desegregating Cities.” Forthcoming in Alex Bitterman and Daniel Baldwin Hess (eds.), The Life and Afterlife of Gay Neighborhoods: Resurgence and Renaissance. Springer.
2019 Ackert, Elizabeth S., Amy Spring, Kyle Crowder, and Scott J. South. 2019. “Kin Location as an Explanation for Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Exiting and Entering Poor Neighborhoods.” Social Science Research 84: 102346. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2019.102346.
Gabriel, Ryan, and Amy Spring. 2019. “Neighborhood Diversity, Neighborhood Affluence: An Analysis of the Neighborhood Destination Choices of Mixed-Race Couples with Children”. Demography 56(3): 1051-1073. doi: 10.1007/s13524-019-00779-1.
2018 Huang, Ying, Scott J. South, Amy Spring, and Kyle Crowder. 2018. “A Decomposition Analysis of Trends in Blacks’ and Whites’ Exposure to Opposite-Race Neighbors, 2001-2011.” City & Community 17(3): 590-614. doi:10.1111/cico.12315.
Hall, Matthew, Kyle Crowder, Amy Spring, and Ryan Gabriel. 2018. “Foreclosure Migration and Neighborhood Outcomes: Moving Toward Segregation and
Disadvantage.” Social Science Research 70, 107-114. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2017.11.006.
Spring, Amy. 2018. “Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Neighborhood Built Environment on Self-Rated Health of Older Adults.” The Gerontologist 58(1): 36-46. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx119.
2017 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. doi 10.1007/s13524-017-0587-x.
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. doi:10.1007/s13524-017-0606-y.
2016 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. doi: 10.1177/0003122416673029.
Spring, Amy, Stewart E. Tolnay, and Kyle Crowder. 2016. “Moving to Opportunities? Changing Patterns of Migration in North America.” In Michael White (ed.), International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution. Springer.
2015 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. doi:10.1177/0002716215576907
Hall, Matthew, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring. 2015. “Neighborhood Foreclosures, Racial/Ethnic Transitions, and Residential Segregation.” American Sociological Review (80)3: 526-549. doi:10.1177/0002716215576907.
2013 Spring, Amy. 2013. “Declining Segregation of Same-Sex Partners: Evidence from Census 2000 and 2010.” Population Research and Policy Review 32(5): 687-716. doi 10.1007/s11113-013-9280-y