Becky Pettit


Ph.D. 1999, Princeton University. Sociology of the family, social demography, inequality, and the sociology of art and culture.

Department: Sociology
Position: Professor
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Research Summary:

Becky Pettit plans to continue research on how macro-level social and economic conditions shape microlevel economic, social, and demographic processes and patterns of inequality. She is continuing to examine how institutional conditions impact behavioral outcomes within partnerships, households, and communities. She is particularly interested in how decades of growth of the prison system influences household/partnership bargaining solutions with attendant effects on fertility, morbidity (e.g., HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis), and migration patterns within different social and demographic groups. Similarly, she is investigating how cross-national and over time variation in work-family policy configurations and economic conditions influence the allocation of labor to domestic and paid work in ways that have consequence for economic inequality, fertility, and child well-being. She is also beginning a multi-site, multi-investigator project designed to investigate a range of questions related to the intergenerational transmission of social marginality.

Recent Publications:

Pettit, B., (Forthcoming), Incarceration and American Inequality, Annual Review of Law and Social Science.

Pettit, B., (2012), Invisible men: mass incarceration and the myth of Black progress, Russell Sage Foundation, New York.

Pettit, B.; Lyons, C., (2011), Compounded Disadvantage: Race, Incarceration, and Wage Growth, Social Problems, 58: 2.

Lyons, C.; Pettit, B., (2011), Compounded Disadvantage: Race, Incarceration, and Wage Growth, Social Problems, 58: 2, 257-281.

Western, B.; Pettit, B., (2010), Incarceration and Social Inequality, Daedalus, 139: 3, 8-19.

Pettit, B.; Lyons, C., (2009), Incarceration and the Legitimate Labor Market: Examining Age-graded Effects on Employment and Wages, Law & Society Review, 43: 4, 725-756.

Pettit, B.; Hook, J. L., (2009), Gendered tradeoffs : family, social policy, and economic inequality in twenty-one countries, Russell Sage, New York.

Pettit, B.; Ewert, S., (2009), Employment Gains and Wage Declines: The Erosion of Black Women's Relative Wages since 1980, Demography, 46: 3, 469-492.

Pettit, B., (2009), Enumerating Inequality: The Constitution, the Census Bureau, and the Criminal Justice System, University of Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, 9: 1, 3764.

Pettit, B.; Lyons, C., (2007), Status and the Stigma of Incarceration: The Labor Market Effects of Incarceration by Race, Class, and Criminal Involvement, Barriers to reentry? : The labor market for released prisoners in post-industrial America, Russell Sage Foundation, New York.

Bushway, S.; Pettit, B.; Stoll, M. A.; Weiman, D. F.; Lyons, C., (2007), Status and the Stigma of Incarceration: The Labor Market Effects of Incarceration by Race, Class, and Criminal Involvement, Barriers to reentry? : the labor market for released prisoners in post-industrial America, Russell Sage Foundation, New York.

Western, B.; Pettit, B., (2007), Mass Imprisonment, Punishment and inequality in America, Western, B., Russell Sage, New York.

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