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David Brady, Assistant Professor, Sociology

David Brady
Contact Info:
Office Location:  337 Soc/Psych Building
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5760
Email Address: send me a message


PhD, SociologyIndiana University2001
Executive Training ProgramLondon School of Economics1998
Certification: Higher Education and PedagogyIndiana University1997
MA, SociologyIndiana University1997
BA, Sociology, Cum LaudeUniversity of Minnesota1994
Spanish ProficiencyForester Instituto Internacional, San Jose, Costa Rica1992

Research Interests:

My research focuses on three themes: (1) the measurement of poverty across demographic groups; (2) the sources of poverty and inequality; and, (3) the consequences of globalization. Within each, I use empirical and theoretical approaches, macro- and individual-levels of analysis, and study the U.S. and comparative-historical cases. Work on the first theme advances relative measures of poverty and assesses patterns in poverty with different measures across different countries, the elderly and children, and women and men. Work on the second theme seeks to understand why poverty and inequality levels differ so dramatically across affluent democracies. Much of this work has highlighted how politics and the state shape poverty and inequality independently of demographic, labor market and macroeconomic factors. The third theme examines the consequences of globalization on the labor movement, the welfare state, manufacturing employment, and unionization other social institutions. In addition to these themes, I am broadly interested in political and economic sociology and stratification research. Beyond these topics, I am always interested in hearing about new ideas from students across a host of different sociological subjects. Finally, I teach courses in "Poverty and Society," "Organizations and Management," "Methods of Social Research" and "Comparing States and Markets."

Areas of Interest:

Poverty and Inequality,
Political Sociology,
Comparative/ Historical,
Work and Labor,
Research Methods


International • U.S. • Sociology • Poverty • Globalization • Work • Labor

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Robert E. Freeland  
  • Regina S. Baker  
  • Melanie Sereny  
  • Sara Pilzer  
  • Ryan Finnigan  
  • Chris Dick  
  • Ashley Brown  
  • Ben Danforth  
  • Barry Hill  
  • Megan Reynolds  
  • Lane Destro  
  • Joonkoo Lee  
  • Jennifer Moren-Cross  
  • Dan Ao  
  • Yunus Kaya  
  • Troy Powell  
  • Rebecca Dunning  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Brady, David and Rebekah Burroway, Targeting, Universalism and Single Mother Poverty: A Multi-Level Analysis Across 18 Affluent Democracies, Demography, vol. 49 (2012), pp. 719-746 [pdf]
  2. Reynolds, Megan and David Brady, Bringing You More Than the Weekend: Union Membership and Self-Rated Health in the U.S., Social Forces, vol. 90 (2012), pp. 1023-1049 [pdf]
  3. Brady, David, Yunus Kaya, and Gary Gereffi, The Stagnation of Industrial Employment in Latin America, Work and Occupations, vol. 38 (2011), pp. 179-220 [pdf]
  4. Brady, David, Andrew Fullerton, and Jennifer Moren Cross, More Than Just Nickels and Dimes: A Cross-National Analysis of Working Poverty in 18 Affluent Democracies, Social Problems, vol. 57 (2010), pp. 559-585 [pdf]
  5. Brady, David, Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty (2009), Oxford University Press [pdf]