Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law & Society
School of Social Ecology
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 2007, Sociology and Demography
M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 2005, Sociology
M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 2003, Demography
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001, Sociology (w/Honors), with a Concentration in Analysis and Research (CAR)
Phone: (949) 824-9583
University of California, Irvine
3317 Social Ecology 2
Mail Code: 7080
Irvine, CA 92697
demography, criminology, incarceration, health, social inequality, statistical methodology
Professor Sykes has received awards from the Department of Demography at the University of California-Berkeley, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Population Association of America. He has been a National Science Foundation Minority Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington and a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sykes is currently Chair of the Convict Criminology section of the American Society of Criminology.
His research findings have been covered by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, NPR, and other news outlets. In 2013, his research findings were presented at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Parental Incarceration Workshop, convened by the American Bar Foundation, at The White House.
Dr. Sykes' research focuses on the intersection of demography and criminology, broadly defined, with particular interests in fertility, health, mass imprisonment, and social inequality. He has taught courses on demography, research methods, power and social social stratification, criminology, and public policy. His work explores the myriad ways in which the criminal justice system has impacted social life in America. He uses quantitative methods to test and explore sociological and demographic theories about population distribution, social control, and crime for disadvantaged men, women, and children.
Sykes, Bryan, Eliza Solowiej, and Evelyn Patterson. Forthcoming. The Fiscal Savings of Accessing the Right to Legal Counsel within Twenty-Four Hours of Arrest. University of California-Irvine Law Review.
The Global Burden of Disease Mortality and Cause of Death Experts. Forthcoming. Global, Regional and National Levels of Age-Sex Specific All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality for 240 Causes of Death, 1990-2013: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet.
Sykes, Bryan, Jason Gioviano, and Alex Piquero. 2014. Mentoring Marginality: The Role of Informal Mentors in the Lives of Socially Disadvantaged Adolescents. Race and Justice 4(3): 246-269.
The Global Burden of Disease Experts. 2014. Global, Regional and National Incidence and Mortality for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria 1980-2013: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. doi: 10.1016.S0140-6736(14)60844-8
The Global Burden of Disease Experts. 2014. Global, Regional and National Levels and Causes of Maternal Mortality during 1990-2013: A Systematic Analysis for The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60696-6
The Global Burden of Disease Experts. 2014. Global, Regional, and National Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adults During 1980-2013: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60460-8
Sykes, Bryan and Becky Pettit. 2014. Mass Incarceration, Family Complexity, and the Reproduction of Childhood Disadvantage. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 654: 127-149.
Ewert, Stephanie, Bryan Sykes, and Becky Pettit. 2014. The Degree of Disadvantage: Incarceration and Racial Inequality in Education. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 651: 24-43.
Sykes, Bryan and Alex Piquero. 2009. Structuring and Recreating Inequality: Health Testing Policies, Race, and the Criminal Justice System. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 623: 214-227.
BOOK CHAPTERS AND REFERENCE ARTICLES
Sykes, Bryan and Becky Pettit. Forthcoming. Parental Incarceration in America, 1980-2013. In Family, Community, and Social Issues, edited by Pamela Jackson. CT: Greenwood Press.
Sykes, Bryan and Evelyn Patterson. Forthcoming. Mass Incarceration and Health Disparities in America. In Family, Community, and Social Issues, edited by Pamela Jackson. CT: Greenwood Press.
Sykes, Bryan, Alex R. Piquero, Jason Gioviano, and Nicolas Pittman. Forthcoming. The School-to-Prison Pipeline in America. In The Oxford Handbook of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by Michael Tonry. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Sykes, Bryan, Alex R. Piquero, and Jason Gioviano. In Press. The Art of Rehabilitation: Extracurricular Activities and the Disruption of Intergenerational Incarceration. In Alternative Offender Rehabilitation and Social Justice, edited by Wesley Crichlow and Janelle Joseph. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sykes, Bryan and Becky Pettit. In Press. Mass Incarceration and Family Life. In Families As They Really Are 2nd Ed, edited by Barbara Risman and Virginia Rutter. New York, NY: Norton Publishers, for the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF).
Sykes, Bryan. 2014. Documentation and Methods for Incarceration Rates in the United States, 1972-2010. Appendix B (Data Sources), in The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, edited by Jeremy Travis, Bruce Western, and Steve Redburn; Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration; Committee on Law and Justice; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, for the National Academy of Sciences.
Sykes, Bryan and Pierre Vachon. 2013. Understanding Health Disparities in an Age of Mass Imprisonment. Chapter 1 in Epidemiological Criminology: Theory to Practice, edited by Eve Waltermaurer and Timothy Akers. New York, NY: Routledge.
Pettit, Becky and Bryan Sykes. 2012. Measuring Racial Inequality in the ACS. Pp. 76-79. In The Benefits (and Burdens) of the American Community Survey (ACS), edited by The Committee on National Statistics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, for the National Academy of Sciences.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS: BOOK REVIEWS, TECHNICAL REPORTS, AND ESSAYS
Sykes, Bryan and Alex Piquero. 2014. Race and Ethnic Disparities. Advisory Report Requested by the National Academy of Sciences Committee on a Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform. Washington, DC: National Research Council.
Sykes, Bryan. 2014. The Fiscal Savings of Legal Representation within the First Twenty-Four Hours After Arrest, Chicago and Cook County 2014. First Defense Legal Aid; Chicago, IL.
Sykes, Bryan. 2013. Out of Jail and Off the Books: Employment and Child Support Arrangements Among Former Inmates. Podcast in the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), University of Wisconsin-Madison. http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/media/podcasts/SykesPodcastTranscri... and http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/media/podcast/SykesPodcastFebruary2...
Sykes, Bryan. 2009. Review of Sociological Methodology, volume 36 edited by Ross Stolzenberg. Sociological Methods & Research 38(2): 351-354.
Pettit, Becky, Bryan Sykes, and Bruce Western. 2009. Technical Report on Revised Population Estimates and NLSY79 Analysis Tables for the Pew Public Safety and Mobility Project. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.
Population Association of America
American Sociological Association
American Society of Criminology
American Statistical Association
Research Associate, Sampling and Survey Divison
National Economics Research Associates 2001—2002
Research Associate, Operations Research
National Board of Medical Examiners 2006—2007
Research Associate and National Science Foundation (NSF) Minority Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Sociology
University of Washington 2007—2011
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
DePaul Univeristy 2011—2014
Research Affiliate in the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Faculty Affiliate in The Center for Demographic and Social Analysis at UC-Irvine
Research Affiliate in the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at UC-Irvine
Member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) at Ohio State University