Experience researcher, author, and speaker with a background in the social sciences and social psychology.
Amy Wilkins is an experience researcher and sociologist by training, now looking to conduct research in the start-up space in order to expand her skills and experience with early stage projects. Amy is adept at designing and executing studies that result in actionable outcomes. Amy is passionate about user experience, and has a deep fluency in qualitative and quantitative research methods. There is nothing more satisfying to Amy than helping teams move through ambiguity to achieve their experience and business goals.
She is an experienced qualitative researcher with deep expertise in interviews, ethnography, and observation; she is also skilled in concept-testing and content analysis, proficient with basic research statistics, and has worked on mixed-methods projects.
Her award-winning research has been published in over 20 peer-reviewed articles, invited chapters and commentaries, as well as in a book, Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: The Boundaries of Sex, Style and Status, published by the University of Chicago Press. Her book and articles have garnered significant attention for their methodological and theoretical innovation as well for their influence on multiple research fields.
She is passionate about making insights relevant and useful to different kinds of audiences. she has used her research to talk with policy makers, to help stakeholders create and pursue local initiatives, and to coach groups to create solutions to their problems.
Amy Wilkins received her PhD in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, and her AB in women’s studies from Mount Holyoke College.
Her deep curiosity with the social world began in late childhood, when her family moved to Taiwan, a few years later to Hong Kong, and then to Japan. These experiences germinated her ability to navigate across different cultural spaces, her ability to work across global boundaries, and her commitment to bringing empathy to diverse client needs.