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Current Faculty Research and Accomplishments

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

Dr. Meredith Bergey is working on a paper with Drs. Thomas Mackie, Giuseppina Chiri, and Nikki Freeman that examines intersecting social identities and health inequalities.

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

Dr. Heidi Grundetjern examines how the intersections of social inequalities shape cultures and organizational structures of illegal drug markets to enable and constrain opportunities for women’s participation. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Jody Miller (Rutgers-Newark) on a longitudinal study on women’s participation in methamphetamine markets in rural Missouri.

Dr. Lance Hannon is working on a paper with Drs. Verna Keith, Robert DeFina, and Mary Campbell that examines whether there are out-group homogeneity effects in the evaluation of other people's skin tone.

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. Brian J. Jones is examining the surge in social network interaction that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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.

Drs. Rory Kramer and Brianna Remster are examining inequalities in police violence, focusing on how a civilian’s race, age, and gender influence the likelihood of experiencing police use of force.

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. Allison Payne is collaborating with our department’s research associate, Denise Wilson, and a former graduate student, Dr. Kirsten Witherup of York College, on a chapter overviewing the current state of traditional interpersonal bullying and cyberbullying intervention and prevention programs. The three are also working on a multilevel study examining the influence of school-related risk and protective factors on traditional and cyberbullying.   

Drs. Brianna Remster and Melissa Hodges are investigating the incarceration-wage penalty for women compared to men.

Dr. Ken Sun is currently working on two manuscripts, including a single-authored book on aging and migration, and the other on transnational social protection (with Professors Peggy Levitt, Erica Dobb, and Ruxandra Paul).

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.