Professor and Chairperson
Department of Sociology and Criminology

Outstanding University Research Award Winner, 2008


Social Inequality (SOC 3900, PJ 5000)

Perspectives on U.S. Poverty (SOC 2950, PJ 5200)

The Social Safety Net (SOC 3900)

U.S. Society in Critical Perspective (SOC 4000)

Statistics and Probability

Selected Publications

"The Changing Relationship Between Unemployment and Suicide," with Lance Hannon, Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, forthcoming.

"The Relationship Between Skin Tone and School Suspension for African Americans," with Lance Hannon and Sarah Bruch, Race and Social Problems, 5, 281-295 (2013).

"The Long and Large Decline in State Employment Growth Volatility," with Gerald Carlino and Keith Sill, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, 45, 521-534 (2013).

"The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Poverty," with Lance Hannon, Crime and Delinquency, 59, 562-586 (2013).

"Sowing the Seeds: How Adult Incarceration Promotes Juvenile Delinquency," with Lance Hannon, Crime, Law and Social Change, 57, 475-491 (2012).

"The Legacy of Black Lynching and Contemporary Segregation in the South," with Lance Hannon, The Review of Black Political Economy, 38,165–181 (2011).

"The Impact of Light Skin on Prison Time for Black Female Offenders," with Jill Viglione and Lance Hannon, Social Science Journal, 48, 250-258 (2011) .

"Increasing Diversity and the Future of U.S. Housing Segregation," with Lance Hannon, Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America, Harriet Newburger, Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter, eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press) (2011).

“For Incapacitation, There is No Time Like the Present: The Lagged Effects of Prisoner Reentry on Property and Violent Crime Rates,” with Lance Hannon, Social Science Research, 39, 1004-1014 (2010).

"The State of the Economy and the Relationship Between Prisoner Reentry and Crime," with Lance Hannon, Social Problems, 57, 611-629 (2010).

“The Impact of Adult Incarceration on Child Poverty: A County-level Analysis, 1995-2007," with Lance Hannon, The Prison Journal, 90: 377-396 (2010).

"Diversity, Racial Threat and Metropolitan Housing Segregation," with Lance Hannon, Social Forces, 88: 373-394 (2009).

"The Impact of State Minimum Wages on Child Poverty in Female-Headed Families," Journal of Poverty, 12: 155-174 (2008).

"A Comparison of Poverty Trends and Policy Impacts for Working Families Using Different Poverty Indexes," Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 32: 129-148 (2007).

"Business Cycles and Street Crime," with Thomas Arvanites, Criminology, 44: 139-164 (2006).

“Racial Similarity in the Relationship Between Poverty and Homicide Rates: Comparing Retransformed Coefficients,” with Lance Hannon and Peter Knapp, Social Science Research, 34: 893-914 (2005).

“The Weak Effect of Imprisonment on Crime: 1971-1998,” with Thomas Arvanites, Social Science Quarterly, 83: 635-653 (2002).

“The Impact of Macroeconomic Performance on Alternative Poverty Measures,” Social Science Research, 31: 29-48 (2002).