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Loyola University of Chicago
Environmental justice, Community organizing, Community benefits agreements, social welfare policy
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Amy Krings earned her PhD in the Social Work and Political Science Joint Doctoral Program at the University of Michigan in 2015.  Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Krings worked for six years as a community organizer, grant-writer, and interim Executive Director at a Cincinnati non-profit. Her work included the management of a community-based campaign to reduce street-level gun violence.  She also taught classes on Social Change, Macro Social Work, and Community and Political Organizing at her alma mater, Xavier University.

Amy’s research interests include community organization, social movements, urban politics, and social justice education.  Her dissertation, Building Bridges Where There is Nothing Left to Burn: The Campaign for Environmental Justice within a Southwest Detroit Border Community, is an ethnographic account of a low-income community’s efforts to secure protections and investments in exchange for hosting a new international bridge crossing. Drawing from more than three years of participant observation (2010 – 2014), including seventy in-depth interviews and an analysis of media coverage, she examines why and how power dynamics influence this neighborhood group’s goal and tactical selection, ability to build alliances, and campaign outcomes.  She concludes by demonstrating how environmental injustices are reproduced at a local level, often in invisible ways.

Amy’s dissertation research is complimented by a number of collaborative projects that utilize qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to examine civic and political participation.

Recent Publications

Krings, A., Gutiérrez, L. M., Austic, E., & Dirksen, K.  (2015). The Comparative Impacts of Social Justice Educational Methods on Political Participation, Civic Engagement, and Multicultural Activism. Equity & Excellence in Education. 48(3), 403-417.

Teixeria, S. & Krings, A. (2015). Sustainable social work: An environmental justice framework for social work education. Social Work Education: The International Journal. 34(5), 513-527.

Krings, A., Spencer, M.S., & Jimenez, K.  (2014).  Organizing for environmental justice:  From bridges to taro patches. In S. Dutta and C. Ramanathan (Eds.), Governance, Development, and Social Work. 186-200. Rutledge Publishing.

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