Current Research

Dr. Melissa Hodges is working on two research projects. One that examines gender and race differences in the likelihood of becoming a nurturant or reproductive care worker. The second investigates the distribution of motherhood penalties and fatherhood premia within married couples by professional status and educational attainment.

Dr. Lance Hannon is working on a project examining police activity in low-crime African American neighborhoods.

Dr. Jill McCorkel is working on two research projects. The first is exploring how laws and policies unique to the Irish criminal justice system shape parenting strategies and family relationships among prisoners. The second is a study of prison privatization in California with a focus on the ways in which private drug treatment programs and "reentry services" are reconfiguring the structural arrangements of mass incarceration in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Plata.

Drs. Jill McCorkel and Robert DeFina are working on an evaluation study of the benefits of postsecondary education programs in prison.

Dr. Kelly Welch is co-authoring a paper on the degree to which racially exclusive conceptions of youth affect attitudes toward criminal and juvenile punishment using national survey data.

Dr. Brianna Remster is investigating how court-ordered service, a staple of the juvenile justice system, is associated with subsequent criminal behavior.

Drs. Brianna Remster and Rory Kramer are assessing how the prison boom shifts political power from urban minority communities to rural white communities because of how and where prisoners are counted for district apportionment. Other ongoing research, also with Dr. Kramer, examines how contact with the criminal justice system influences involvement in other formal institutions such as the labor market and healthcare.

Dr. Allison Payne is collaborating with a former graduate student, Dr. Kirsten Hutzell of Lycoming College, to study the impact of interpersonal bullying and cyberbullying victimization on school avoidance.

Dr. Satya Pattnayak is investigating how the rates of economic and political transformation create greater social vulnerabilities in developing societies.  In particular, he is investigating how the recent macro changes in the Indian economy and polity have made the society more vulnerable to social explosion from within.

Drs. Robert DeFina and Lance Hannon are currently working on a project investigating the economic and social predictors of geographic and temporal variation in opiate deaths.  

Dr. Peter Knapp is working on discontinuous processes of social mobilization such as Occupy Wall Street.  

Drs. Tom Arvanites and Lance Hannon are investigating the effect of residential segregation on the incarceration rate of African Americans for drug offenses.

Dr. Rory Kramer is working on two research projects related to racial residential segregation. The first is an attempt to improve measures of evenness in multiracial contexts using a novel entropy-based index of segregation. The second uses spatial analysis to shift the focus of the study from the neighborhood itself to the impact of physical boundaries on the (im)permanence of local residential segregation in Philadelphia between 1990 and 2010.

In addition, Dr. Brian Jones recently published Social Capital in America, an analysis of trends in work, voluntary association, social networks and family life. He is currently writing a second volume which incorporates key social-psychological attitudes--job satisfaction, trust, happiness and marital satisfaction--that accompany Americans' investments in social capital.

Dr. Joe McFalls is working on a book about the fertility of the U.S. black population from Emancipation to the present.  Particular attention is devoted to the determinants of low fertility and childlessness among U.S. black women born between 1900 and 1920.  These women had the highest rates of childlessness in U.S. history. 

Dr. Rick Eckstein is currently exploring the social class bias in non-revenue intercollegiate sports.