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.

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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. 2014. “Saving the Market: Free Trade and Faithful Globalization.” Cambridge University Press (series in Social Theory, Religion, and Politics). Co-recipient of 2015 book award from Religion & International Relations section of the International Studies Association (ISA).

Amy Reynolds. 2013. “Networks, Ethics, and Economic Values.”  Latin American Research Review, 48(1)

Amy Reynolds and Stephen Offutt. 2013. “Evangelical Action and Global Poverty.” In The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff. Oxford University Press. 

Amy Reynolds and Catherine Crouch. 2010. "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.

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

Becky Hsu, Amy Reynolds, Conrad Hackett, and Jim Gibbon. 2008. "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.

Amy Reynolds and Christopher Winship. 2005. "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.

Recent Presentations

Gender and Leadership Symposium, Purdue University. March 2016. “Women and Men Leading in Christian Nonprofit Organizations.” 

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 2015. “Women Leading in Christian Organizations: Perspectives and Organizational Realities” 

Association for the Sociology of Religion, August 2015. “Partners and Parents, Professors and Citizens” With Stephen Offutt. 

Gordon College, Convocation. September 2015. Panel on “Women in Leadership” (with Richard Stearns, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Linda Lader, and Michael Lindsay).

United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief.  Meeting for the Commission on the Status of the Women, March 2015. “Women’s Rights and Religious Rights.”

Lake Institute (University of Indiana and Purdue University at Indianapolis), Meeting of the  Network of Emerging Scholars. April 2015. “Leadership in Faith-Based Relief and Development Organizations.” 

Religious Newswriters Association, September 2014. “Results of Women in Leadership National Study.”  





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