Two scholars to join UC Davis Sociology Department
David McCourt holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and did his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He has held research positions at the University of California-Davis and UC-Berkeley, and joins Davis from an assistant professorship at the University of Sheffield, UK. His primary research interest lies with international political sociology, particularly the foreign policies of the UK, the United States and the European Union, and with the philosophy of social science.
Ryan Finnigan completed his PhD in Sociology at Duke University in 2013. Ryan's research examines how macro-level economic, demographic, and institutional changes influence poverty and inequality. His dissertation research examined the impact of structural changes in American cities on racial/ethnic inequalities in local housing and labor markets. Other research examines immigration and public support for social policy; unionization and working poverty; and racial/ethnic stratification in homeownership and health. Ryan's newest work focuses on inequalities in low-wage work, unemployment, and underemployment.