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PhD     Pennsylvania State University (2005, Sociology)
MA       Graduate Center/ Queens College, City University of New York (2001, Sociology)
AM       University of Chicago (2000, Social Sciences)
BA        Hunter College, City University of New York (1998, Sociology)
AAS     Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
(1997, Fashion Design)


Dr. Amy Adamczyk is Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Programs of Doctoral Study in Sociology and Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  In 2005 she received her PhD. in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. She holds MA degrees from the University of Chicago and the Graduate Center/ Queens College, and she completed her BA degree at Hunter College. For 2020-2021, she was the Interim Deputy Executive Officer for the Program of Doctoral Study in Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center. For 2022-2023, she is the Interim Deputy Chair of the MA Program in International Criminal Justice. 

Her recent coauthored book, Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation, which was published with Oxford University Press, was a finalist for Christianity Today's 2022 Book of the Year Award, Marriage & Family Category. Likewise, she is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes Across the GlobeWith her coauthor she received the 2017 Best Paper of the Year Award from the Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion. In 2009 John Jay College awarded her the Donald MacNamara Award for Junior Faculty, in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, and 2019 she was the recipient of John Jay College’s Research Excellence Award, and in 2011 she received the John Jay College's  Midcareer Award.  Her research has been supported with grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.​  

JJC Affiliations
Sociology BA (JJC), International Criminal Justice MA (JJC), and Criminal Justice and Sociology Ph.D. (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Scholarly Work


Amy Adamczyk. (under contract). Fetal Positions Around the Globe: Understanding Cross-national Public Opinion about Abortion. New York: Oxford University Press

Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk. 2021. Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Finalist for Christianity Today’s 2022 Book of the Year Award, Marriage & Family Category
  • Selected for the audiobook program by Recorded Books, the largest independent publisher of audiobooks.
  • Interviews with Religion Watch, Deseret News, The Pillar, Sacred Heart Radio, Religion News Service, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Christianity Today and published in the Washington Post.
  • Reviews published in 16 outlets: (1) A. Blasi (2021) in Catholic Book Reviews; (2) G. Hayward (2021) in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 60:4, 937-938; (3) M. Jaradat (2021) Deseret News; (4) B. Martin (2021) in Church Times; (5) D.S. Mulhall (2021) in Catholic News Service; (6) Z. Romanowsky (2021) Aletheia; (7) R. Shaw (2021) in Catholic News Agency; (8) E. Soloff (2021) Christian Century; (9) J. Staudt (2021) in Denver Catholic; (10) W.M. Thompson (2021) in Concordia Journal; (11) K. Watson (2021) in North American Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Book Reviews; (12) B. Weston (2021) in American Library Association- CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 59: 6, 840 (13) J.E. White (2021) Outreach Magazine; (14) Anonymous (2021) in NC Family Policy Council; (15) J. Hoffman (2022) in Sociology of Religion, 83:4, 536–538; (16); C. Gerhardt (2022) in Christian Scholar’s Review, 51:3, 405-407; (17); Anonymous (2022) in Daily Citizen.
  • Podcasts: Indoor Voices, Beatrice Institute, CMDA Matters,  and Fountains of Carrots


Amy Adamczyk. 2017. Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes across the Globe. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section Outstanding Book Award for 2018.
  • Reviews published in 7 outlets: (1) G. Hansens (2018) in the American Journal of Sociology; (2) J. Garretson (2018) in Public Opinion Quarterly; (3) T. Fetner in (2019) Contemporary Sociology; (4) G. Jung (2018) in Sociological Inquiry; (5) R. Booth (2017) in The Gay and Lesbian Review; (6) B. Khoury (2017) in PsycCRITIQUES; (7) J. Dick (2019) in INTAMS Library
  • Summaries of the book’s findings were published in The Conversation (currently 104K reads), Newsweek, Salon, PinkNews, Plus Magazine, Gayety, Huffington Post, and the Academic Minute.
  • PRIDE podcast with Straw Hut Media


Last five peer-reviewed journal articles (See CV for all 53 articles)

53.  Amy Adamczyk. 2022 (forthcoming). “Religion as A Micro and Macro Property: Investigating The Multilevel Relationship Between Religion and Abortion Attitudes Across the Globe.” European Sociological Review.


52.  Amy Adamczyk, Emily Greene-Colozzi (student), Senahan Kiyal Keles (student), and Aida Murati (student). 2022. “Assessing Variation and Change in Newspaper Portrayals of Muslims: The influence of the Trump Election and Differences across the United States in Local and National Papers.” Sociological Inquiry: 92(4), 1251-1473.

51.  Amy Adamczyk, Jacqueline Scott (student), and Steven Hitlin. 2022. “Using Internet-Derived Data to Measure Religion: Understanding How Google Can Provide Insight into Cross National Religious Differences.” Sociology of Religion: 83(2), 222-251.

50. Brittany Hayes (former student) and Amy Adamczyk. 2022. “Unpacking the Influence of Islamic Religious Culture and Individual Religious Affiliation on Testing HIV-Positive.” Sociological Perspectives: 65(5): 1001-1024

49.  Matteo Vergani, Dan Goodhardt, Rouven Link, Amy Adamczyk, Joshua Freilich, Steven Chermak. 2022. “When and How Does Anti-Semitism Occur? The Different Trigger Mechanisms Associated with Different Types of Criminal and Non-Criminal Hate Incidents.” Deviant Behavior. 43(9) 1135-1152.

Research Summary

Professor Amy Adamczyk's research focuses on how different contexts (e.g.nations, counties, friendship groups), and personal religious beliefs shape people’s attitudes and behaviors. In 2017 she published Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality, which investigates the factors that shape cross-national attitudes about homosexuality. In 2021 she published Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation (Oxford University Press) with her coauthor Christian Smith. Her research has been published in 53 peer-reviewed journals, including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly,Sociological Quarterly, Sociology of Religion, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Currently, her coauthored American Sociological Review article, "Religion and Sexual Behaviors," is the third most read article (for the previous six months) in the American Sociological Review (151,116 total downloads with tracking starting in 2016, journal impact factor: 12.44).