October 31, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Christopher Wildeman will give the talk, "Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of Inequality," Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of this year's Social Science Colloquium series, "Mass Incarceration in the United States."

An assistant professor of sociology at Yale University, Wildeman also is a faculty fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, and a resident fellow at Yale's Institute for Social and Policy Studies.

Wildeman's research and teaching interests revolve around the consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health and children.

He is also interested in child welfare more broadly, especially as relates to child maltreatment and the foster care system.

Some of his current research considers the effects of parental incarceration on child homelessness, the consequences of mass imprisonment for population health, the implications of mass imprisonment for inequality among children, the effects of incarceration on mortality, and changes in the cumulative risk of maltreatment and foster care placement for children.

These projects have been funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Center for Marriage and Family Research at Bowling Green State University, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.

While at Bucknell, Wildeman also will participate in a faculty workshop.

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