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David Brady, Associate Professor

David Brady


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David Brady
Associate Professor

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Office: 264 Soc/Psych Building
Phone: (919) 660-5760
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Fax: 919-660-5623
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Curriculum Vita
Areas of Interest: 
Poverty and Inequality;
Work, Labor and Economic Sociology;
Political Economy, Social Policy and Political Sociology;
Research Methods
My research focuses on: 1) poverty and inequality; 2) work, labor and economic sociology; and 3) political economy, social policy and political sociology. First, I am interested in the causes, measurement and consequences of poverty and inequality. Often, I examine why poverty and inequality vary cross-nationally. For example, several studies explore how well politics and policy explain the greater levels of poverty and inequality in the U.S. relative to other affluent democracies. In addition, I have studied how structural changes like deindustrialization, globalization and economic development shape poverty and inequality. Presently, my research on poverty and inequality focuses on the effects of social policies and the particular problem of working poverty. My second stream on work, labor and economic sociology investigates the role of institutions, social relations, and globalization for the organization of work. Several of my articles examine the consequences of increased economic globalization. I have also studied the causes and consequences of unionization and structural changes like deindustrialization. Recently, I have been studying how social relations shape the working conditions of female sex workers in India. Also, I continue to study the causes and consequences of declining labor unionization. In the third stream, I am interested in political economy, social policy and political sociology. I have investigated the changing dynamics of class voting in the U.S. Also, several studies examine how globalization and political-economic changes shape welfare states. Presently, I am studying whether increased immigration has undermined attitudes towards the welfare state, the sources of declining government spending, and the politics of socialized medicine. In addition, I am investigating how various dimensions of globalization have influenced democracy in Latin America. 

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