Bryan L. Sykes
Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, University of California-Berkeley
3317 Social Ecology II
Demography, Criminology, Population Health, Quantitative & Mixed Methods, Computational Methods, and Social Inequality
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society (and, by courtesy, Sociology and Public Health); a Faculty Affiliate in The Center for Demographic and Social Analysis (CDASA) and The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California-Irvine; a Research Affiliate in the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Member of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) and the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) at Rutgers University; and an Associate Editor for Science Advances (the Open Access version of Science), an Academic Editor for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Perspectives. I have been a National Science Foundation Minority Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington; a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Demography at UC-Berkeley and in the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at UW-Madison; and a Research Associate at the National Economics Research Associates (in the Sampling and Survey Division), the National Board of Medical Examiners (in Operations Research), and Nickerson & Associates LLC (in Statistical and Econometric Analysis).
My research focuses on demography and criminology, broadly defined, with particular interests in fertility, mortality, population health, mass imprisonment, social inequality, and research methodology. I apply and develop demographic, statistical, and mixed methodologies to understand changing patterns of inequality — nationally and abroad. My research has appeared in general and multidisciplinary science, social science, and medical journals.
I am currently collaborating on three projects. The first project assesses how mass incarceration has affected measures of social inequality and demographic processes (fertility, mortality, and morbidity) among subpopulations with the highest risk of criminal justice contact in America, which has led to the development of new demographic methods for multiple-partner fertility; new statistical methods for estimating mortality in differential population environments; and new sampling weights for national surveys that exclude marginal populations. The second project investigates how national, regional, and global patterns of mortality, morbidity, and injuries have changed over time. The final project is a multi-state mixed-method data collection effort to assess the legal history and social consequences of monetary sanctions across different jurisdictions within the United States, which has led to new sampling methods for mixed-method and dual design studies.
Sykes, Bryan L. and Amy K. Bailey. 2020. “Institutional Castling: Military Enlistment and Mass Incarceration in the United States.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 6(1): 30-54.
Maroto, Michelle and Bryan L. Sykes. 2020. “The Varying Effects of Incarceration, Conviction, and Arrest on Wealth Outcomes Among Young Adults.” Social Problems 67(4): 698-718.
Sykes, Bryan L., Anjuli Verma, and Black Hawk Hancock. 2018. “Aligning Sampling and Case Selection in Quantitative-Qualitative Research Designs: Establishing Generalizability Limits in Mixed-Method Studies.” Ethnography 19(2): 227-253.
Hancock, Black Hawk, Bryan L. Sykes, and Anjuli Verma. 2018. “The Problem of ‘Cameo Appearances’ in Mixed-Methods Research: Implications for 21st-Century Ethnography.” Sociological Perspectives 61(2): 314-334.
The Global Burden of Disease 2017 Population and Fertility Collaborators. 2018. “Population and Fertility by Age and Sex for 195 Countries and Territories 1950-2017: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease 2017.” The Lancet 392: 1995–2051.
The Global Burden of Disease 2016 Firearms Collaborators. 2018. “Deaths from Firearms in 195 Countries 1990 to 2016: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016.” Journal of the American Medical Association 320(8): 792-814.
The Global Burden of Disease 2016 Alcohol Use Collaborators. 2018. “Alcohol Use and Burden for 195 Countries and Territories, 1990–2016: A Systematic Analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016.” The Lancet 392: 1015-1035.
Martin, Karin, Bryan L. Sykes, Sarah Shannon, Frank Edwards, and Alexes Harris. 2018. “Monetary Sanctions: Legal Financial Obligations in the Criminal Justice System.” Annual Review of Criminology 1: 471-495.
Sykes, Bryan, Alex R. Piquero, and Jason Gioviano. 2017. “Racial Discrimination and Parental Perceptions of Safety in American Neighborhoods and Schools.” Sociological Forum 32 (S1): 952-974.
The Global Burden of Disease U.S. Collaborators. 2017. “The State of U.S. Health 1990-2016: Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors among U.S. States.” Journal of the American Medical Association
Sykes, Bryan L. and Michele Maroto. 2016. “A Wealth of Inequalities: Mass Incarceration, Employment, and Racial Disparities in Household Wealth, U.S. 1996-2011.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2(6): 129-152.
The Global Burden of Disease 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Collaborators. 2016. “Measuring the Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 Countries: A Baseline Analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015.” The Lancet 388 (10053): 1813-1850.
Pettit, Becky and Bryan L. Sykes. 2015. “Civil Rights Legislation and Legalized Exclusion: Mass Incarceration and the Masking of Inequality.” Sociological Forum 30 (S1): 589-611.
Sykes, Bryan L. and Becky Pettit. 2015. “Severe Deprivation and System Inclusion Among Children of Incarcerated Parents in the United States After the Great Recession.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 1(2): 108-132.
Sykes, Bryan L. and Becky Pettit. 2014. “Mass Incarceration, Family Complexity, and the Reproduction of Childhood Disadvantage.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 654: 127-149.
The Global Burden of Disease Obesity Collaborators. 2014. “Global, Regional, and National Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adults During 1980-2013: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.” The Lancet 384 (9945): 766-781.