Bill McCarthy

Bill Mccarthy Portrait

Position Title
Professor Emeritus; Member, Sociology Graduate Program Faculty



  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Toronto, 1990
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Toronto, 1984
  • B.Ed., Sociology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 1981
  • H.B.A., University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, 1980

Research Focus

My current research focuses on service work and health, race and crime, violence, and harassment.


Hagan, John, Bill McCarthy, Daniel Herda, and Andrea Cann Chandrasekher. 2018. A Dual Process Theory of Racial Isolation, Legal Cynicism, and Reported Crime. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (

Hagan, John, Bill McCarthy, and Daniel Herda. 2018. Race, Legal Cynicism, and the Machine Politics of Drug Law Enforcement in Chicago. Du Bois Review 15(1): 129-151.

McCarthy, Bill, Angela Carter, Cecilia Benoit, Mikael Jansson, & Ryan Finnegan. 2018 Poverty, Material Hardship, and Mental Health among Workers in Three Front-line Service Occupations. Journal of Poverty

Herda, Daniel, & Bill McCarthy. 2018. No Experience Required: Violent Crime and Anticipated, Vicarious, and Experienced Racial Discrimination. Social Science Research.

Evans, Ethan, Bill McCarthy, Cecilia Benoit & Mikael Jansson. 2018. Early Trauma, Long-term Consequences: Family Instability in Childhood and the Intent to Seek Formal Health Care. Social Science Quarterly

Cabalatungan, Shadd, & Bill McCarthy. 2015. Second-hand effects of college drinking and educational experiences: Findings from an analysis of pooled cross-sections from four national surveys. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 22 (6): 463-469.

Benoit, Cecilia, Bill McCarthy, & Mikael Jansson. 2015. Occupational stigma and mental health: Discrimination and depression among front-line service workers. Canadian Public Policy, 41 (Supplement 2): S61-S69

Benoit, Cecilia, Bill McCarthy, & Mikael Jansson. 2015. Stigma, sex work, and substance use. Sociology of Health and Illness 37 (3): 437-451.

Williams, Monica, & Bill McCarthy. 2014 Assessing stereotypes of adolescent rape. Journal of Criminal Justice 42 (6) 557–567.

Gartner, Rosemary, & Bill McCarthy. 2014. Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime. New York: Oxford University Press.


I teach courses on punishment, delinquency, and research methods.


2011 UC Davis Dean of Social Science Innovation Research Award

2010 American Society of Criminology. Outstanding Paper Award for McCarthy, Bill and Teresa Casey. “Love, Sex and Crime: Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Offending.” American Sociological Review 73 (6): 944-969

1998 American Society of Criminology. Michael J. Hindelang Outstanding Book on Crime Award for John Hagan and Bill McCarthy. Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness

1997 Society for the Study of Social Problems. C. Wright Mills Outstanding Book on Social Problems Award for John Hagan and Bill McCarthy. Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness