Christopher Wildeman is an Associate Professor of Sociology, a faculty fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), and a faculty fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University. Since 2013, he has been a visiting fellow at the Bureau of Justice Statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University in 2008. From 2008-2010, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar and postdoctoral affiliate in the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan. His 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. He is the 2013 recipient of the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.
Books and Edited Volumes
- Wildeman, Christopher, Vesla Weaver, and Jacob S. Hacker, eds. Forthcoming. Detaining Democracy? Criminal Justice and American Civic Life. Special Issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
- Wakefield, Sara, and Christopher Wildeman. 2013. Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Wildeman, Christopher. Forthcoming. “Parental Incarceration, Child Homelessness, and the Invisible Consequences of Mass Imprisonment.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
- Wildeman, Christopher, Signe Hald Andersen, Hedwig Lee, and Kristian Bernt Karlson. Forthcoming. “Parental Incarceration and Child Mortality in Denmark.” American Journal of Public Health.
- Turney, Kristin, and Christopher Wildeman. Forthcoming. “Redefining Relationships: Explaining the Countervailing Consequences of Paternal Incarceration for Parenting Quality.” American Sociological Review.
- Lee, Hedwig, and Christopher Wildeman. 2013. “Things Fall Apart: Health Consequences of Mass Imprisonment for African American Women.” Review of Black Political Economy 40:39-52
- Wildeman, Christopher, and Christopher Muller. 2012. “Mass Imprisonment and Inequality in Health and Family Life.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 8:11-30.
- Wildeman, Christopher. 2012. “Imprisonment and Infant Mortality.” Social Problems 59:228-257
- Wildeman, Christopher, Jason Schnittker, and Kristin Turney. 2012. “Despair by Association? The Mental Health of Mothers with Children by Recently Incarcerated Fathers.” American Sociological Review 77:216-243.
- Wildeman, Christopher. 2012. “Imprisonment and (Inequality in) Population Health.” Social Science Research 41:74-91.
- Wakefield, Sara, and Christopher Wildeman. 2011. “Mass Imprisonment and Racial Disparities in Childhood Behavioral Problems.” Criminology and Public Policy 10:791-817.
- Wang, Emily A., and Christopher Wildeman. 2011. “Studying Health Disparities by Including Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.” JAMA 305:1708-1709.
- Wildeman, Christopher. 2010. “Paternal Incarceration and Children’s Physically Aggressive Behaviors: Evidence from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.” Social Forces 89:285-310.
- Wildeman, Christopher, and Bruce Western. 2010. “Incarceration in Fragile Families.” The Future of Children 20:157-177.
- Wildeman, Christopher 2009. “Parental Imprisonment, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage.” Demography 46:265-280.
- Western, Bruce, and Christopher Wildeman. 2009. “The Black Family and Mass Incarceration.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 621:221-242.