David Pettinicchio joined the department of sociology in 2014, where he teaches courses in quantitative methods, social policy and political sociology.
He received his B.A. (2003) and M.A. (2004) in sociology from McGill University and his PhD (2012) in sociology from the University of Washington. In 2013-2014, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Prof. Pettinicchio’s research interests include political sociology, social policy and social movements/collective action. He has recently published in Law and Policy, British Journal of Social Psychology, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, and Comparative Sociology. He has published several papers that are Canadian (e.g., same-sex marriage, ethnic nationalism) and international (e.g. religion and crime, cross-national political participation) in focus.
Prof. Pettinicchio is interested in the development of political constituencies and their ongoing interaction with political institutions. More specifically, he focuses on the ways in which political entrepreneurship and political institutional arrangements shape policy agendas. One of the main objectives of his work is situating the role of grassroots activism and non-profit advocacy within the political process. In related projects, Prof. Pettinicchio extends this framework to examine the economic, social and political impacts of policy-making, enforcement and judicial review on various constituencies.
The Social Context of Policy-Making (2015-16 academic year)
Department of Sociology