Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Bryan Sykes

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Law & Society
University of California - Irvine

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CSDE Research Areas:

  • Demographic Measurements and Methods
  • Health of People and Populations
  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

Bryan L. Sykes is a Chancellor’s Fellow, the Director of Graduate Studies, and an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (and, by courtesy, Sociology and Public Health) at the University of California-Irvine.  He is an Associate Editor for Science Advances (the Open Access version of Science magazine), an Academic Editor for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE, and a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Perspectives. Professor Sykes has received awards from the Department of Demography at the University of California-Berkeley, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Population Association of America. He has been a National Science Foundation Minority Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington and a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Sykes’ research focuses on demography (fertility and mortality), criminology, population health, mass imprisonment, social inequality, and research methodology.  Professor Sykes’ peer-reviewed research has been published in international social science, medical, and general science journals and university presses. His estimates of racial disparities in incarceration were featured in the National Research Council’s landmark report on “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States” and in the first-ever report on racial inequality in exposure to incarceration in “The State of the Union: The Poverty and Inequality Report”, published by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University.