Amanda K. Baumle is Department Chair and Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston, and was a Public Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. She received her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, practicing labor and employment law prior to earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching are focused in the areas of sociology of law and demography, with an emphasis on issues involving gender and sexual orientation. She has published articles in journals such as Social Forces, Social Science Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, Population & Development Review, and Social Science Quarterly that examine the intersections of law and demographic outcomes for sexual minorities and questions related to the U.S. Census. She is the lead author of Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood (NYU Press 2015), the author of Sex Discrimination and Law Firm Culture on the Internet: Lawyers at the 'Information Age Water Cooler' (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), the coauthor of Same-Sex Partners: The Demography of Sexual Orientation (SUNY 2009), and the editor of the International Handbook of the Demography of Sexuality (Springer Press 2013).