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Ryan Finnigan

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University, 2013
  • M.A., Sociology, Duke University, 2010
  • B.A., Sociology, Indiana University, 2007
  • B.S., Mathematics, Indiana University, 2007

About

Ryan Finnigan is an assistant professor of sociology at UC Davis, and an affiliate of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Prior to Davis, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Berlin, Germany. Please see his website (www.ryanmfinnigan.com) for more information on his teaching, and published and ongoing research (including replication packages).

Research Focus

Ryan Finnigan's research generally examines how macro- and meso-level economic, demographic, and institutional changes influence poverty and inequality. Much of his research focuses on housing and labor markets in the United States, with special attention to racial/ethnic inequalities. Related strands of research examine poverty, policy, and public attitudes cross-nationally. 

Selected Publications

Tarik Abou-Chadi and Ryan Finnigan. Forthcoming. “Rights for Same-Sex Couples and Attitudes toward Gays and Lesbians in Europe.” Comparative Political Studies

Ryan Finnigan and Kelsey Meagher. Forthcoming. “Trigger Events for Trade-Offs between Housing and Utility Hardships in the United States.” Sociological Perspectives

Ryan Finnigan & Savannah Hunter. Forthcoming. "Occupational Composition and Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in Varying Weekly Work Hours." Research in the Sociology of Work (PDF)

Bill McCarthy, Angela Carter, Mikael Janson, Cecilia Benoit, & Ryan Finnigan. Forthcoming. "Poverty, Material Hardship, and Mental Health among Workers in Three Frontline Service Occupations." Journal of Poverty

Ryan Finnigan & Jo Mhairi Hale. 2018. "Working 9 to 5? Union Membership and Work Hours and Schedules." Social Forces 4(1):1541–1568 (PDF)

David Brady, Ryan Finnigan, & Sabine Huebgen. 2017. "Rethinking the Risks of Poverty: A Framework for Analyzing Prevalences and Penalties." American Journal of Sociology 123(3):740-786 (PDF)

Ryan Finnigan. 2014. "Racial and Ethnic Stratification in the Relationship between Homeownership and Self-Rated Health." Social Science & Medicine 115:72-81 (PDF)

David Brady & Ryan Finnigan. 2014. "Does Immigration Undermine Support for Social Policy?" American Sociological Review 79(1):17-42 (PDF)

David Brady, Regina Baker, & Ryan Finnigan. 2013. "When Unionization Disappears: State-Level Unionization and Working Poverty in the U.S." American Sociological Review 78(5):872-896 (PDF)

Teaching

Professor Finnigan regularly teaches Soc 3: Social Problems (syllabus), which surveys several large social issues like poverty, gender pay disparities, and racial/ethnic residential segregation. The course also focuses on bridging “common sense” understandings of these issues with social scientific research. He also regularly teaches Soc 46B (syllabus), an introductory statistics course. The course is based on applying statistical data and methods to research questions about inequality, and evaluating published quantitative studies.