Assistant Professor of Sociology
Christopher Wildeman is an assistant professor of sociology, a faculty fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), and a resident fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University in 2008. As a graduate student, his research received the Dorothy S. Thomas Award from the Population Association of America and graduate student paper awards from three sections of the American Sociological Association. From 2008-2010, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar and postdoctoral affiliate in the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan. His research and teaching interests revolve around the consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health, and children. He is also interested in child welfare more broadly, especially as relates to child maltreatment and the foster care system. Some of his current research considers the effects of parental incarceration on child homelessness, the consequences of mass imprisonment for population health, the implications of mass imprisonment for inequality among children, the effects of incarceration on mortality, and changes in the cumulative risk of maltreatmwnt and foster care placement for children. These projects have been funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Center for Marriage and Family Research at Bowling Green State University, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.
- Wildeman, Christopher, and Christopher Muller. Forthcoming. “Mass Imprisonment and Inequality in Health and Family Life.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science.
- Lee, Hedwig, and Christopher Wildeman. Forthcoming. “Things Fall Apart: Health Consequences of Mass Imprisonment for African American Women.” Review of Black Political Economy.
- Wildeman, Christopher. 2012. “Imprisonment and Infant Mortality.” Social Problems 59:228-257
- Wildeman, Christopher, Jason Schnittker, and Kristin Turney. 2012. “Despair by Association? The Mental Health of Mothers with Children by Recently Incarcerated Fathers.” American Sociological Review77:216-243.
- Wildeman, Christopher. 2012. “Imprisonment and (Inequality in) Population Health.” Social Science Research41:74-91.
- Wakefield, Sara, and Christopher Wildeman. 2011. “Mass Imprisonment and Racial Disparities in Childhood Behavioral Problems.” Criminology and Public Policy 10:791-817.
- Wang, Emily A., and Christopher Wildeman. 2011. “Studying Health Disparities by Including Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.” JAMA 305:1708-1709.
- Wildeman, Christopher. 2010. “Paternal Incarceration and Children’s Physically Aggressive Behaviors: Evidence from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.” Social Forces 89:285-310.
- Wildeman, Christopher, and Bruce Western. 2010. “Incarceration in Fragile Families.” The Future of Children 20:157-177.
- Western, Bruce, and Christopher Wildeman. 2009. “Punishment, Inequality, and the Future of Mass Incarceration.” Kansas Law Review 57:851-877.
- Wildeman, Christopher 2009. “Parental Imprisonment, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage.” Demography 46:265-280.
- Western, Bruce, and Christopher Wildeman. 2009. “The Black Family and Mass Incarceration.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 621:221-242.