Co-Director of the New Haven SSN Regional Network; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Affiliate of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, and Resident Fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
Expertise & Civic Involvements
Wildeman’s research investigates the impact of mass imprisonment on family life, and considers the consequences for inequalities in health, mortality, and life expectancy.
Co-Authored with Christine Percheski, SSN Key Findings, March 2012
SSN Key Findings, November 2011
"Despair by Association? The Mental Health of Mothers with Children by Recently Incarcerated Fathers" (with ). American Sociological Review (forthcoming). Demonstrates that having a romantic partner incarcerated damages women’s health, as it creates additional stress for already distressed poor, minority women.
"Mass Imprisonment and Racial Disparities in Childhood Behavioral Problems" (with ). Criminology and Public Policy 10 (2011): 791-817. Demonstrates that racial disparities in childhood behavioral problems would be significantly smaller, if not for the impact of the recent prison boom.
"Studying Health Disparities by Including Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals" (with ). JAMA 305 (2011): 1708-1709. Our estimates of health disparities are seriously biased and understandings of the causes of various diseases are potentially distorted by failure to include prisoners and former prisoners in social statistics and studies of the development of diseases.
"Paternal Incarceration and Children’s Physically Aggressive Behaviors: Evidence from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study" Social Forces 89 (2010): 285-310. An incarcerated father increases physically aggressive behaviors by boys, leading to possible intergenerational transmission of contact with the criminal justice system.
"Incarceration in Fragile Families" (with ). Future of Children 20, no. 2 (2010): 157-177. Reviews the research on the consequences of incarceration for families.
"Parental Imprisonment, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage" Demography 46, no. 2 (2009): 265-280. Shows that black children are much more likely than white children to experience the disadvantage of imprisoned fathers, especially black children whose fathers did not finish high school.
- Christopher Wildeman's research on the effects of parental incarceration on children discussed in , "Prison and the Poverty Trap," New York Times, February 18, 2013.