Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society

Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, University of California-Berkeley
(949) 824-9583
3317 Social Ecology II



demography, punishment and mass incarceration, health, fertility, research methods, statistics, and social inequality

Curriculum Vitae: 

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Bryan Sykes is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (and, by courtesy, Sociology and Public Health); a Faculty Affiliate in The Center for Demographic and Social Analysis, The Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, 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; and a Member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) at Ohio State University and the Scholars Strategy Network.  He has been a National Science Foundation Minority Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington, a Visiting Scholar 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).   

Dr. Sykes' research focuses on demography and criminology, broadly defined, with particular interests in fertility, health, mass imprisonment, and social inequality.  His work applies and develops demographic and statistical methods to understand changing patterns of inequality nationally and abroad.  He has taught courses on demography, research methods, power and social social stratification, criminology, and public policy. 

Professor Sykes is currently collaborating on three projects. The first project assesses how mass incarceration has affected demographic processes (fertility, mortality, and morbidity) among subpopulation groups with the highest risk of criminal justice contact in America, which has led to the development of new demographic methods for multiple-partner fertility.  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.


The Global Burden of Disease 2013 Diarrheal Collaborators.  Forthcoming. Burden of Diarrhea in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2013: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.  American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

The Global Burden of Disease 2015 HIV Collaborators. 2016. Global, Regional, and National Incidence, Prevalence, and Mortality for HIV, 1980-2015: Estimates from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015.  The Lancet HIV 3 (8): e361–e387.

Sykes, Bryan and Michele Maroto. Forthcoming. 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.

Sykes, Bryan, Trevor Hoppe, and Kristen Maziarka. 2016.  Cruel Intentions?  HIV Prevalence and Criminalization during an Age of Mass Incarceration, U.S. 1999-2012.  Medicine 95 (16): e3352-e3361.

Sykes, Bryan, Alex Piquero, and Jason Gioviano.  2016. Code of the Classroom? Social Disadvantage and Bullying among American Adolescents, U.S. 2011-2012.  Crime & Delinquency.  DOI: 10.1177/0011128716641431

The Global Burden of Disease Pediatrics Collaborators. 2016. Global and National Burden of Diseases and Injuries among Children and Adolescents between 1990 and 2013: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2013 Study.  Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics.  doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4276

Sykes, Bryan, Eliza Solowiej, and Evelyn Patterson.  2015. The Fiscal Savings of Accessing the Right to Legal Counsel within Twenty-Four Hours of Arrest, Chicago and Cook County 2013.  University of California-Irvine Law Review 5 (4): 813-842.

Sykes, Bryan 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.

Pettit, Becky and Bryan Sykes. 2015. Civil Rights Legislation and Legalized Exclusion: Mass Incarceration and the Masking of Inequality. Sociological Forum, 30 (S1): 589-611.

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.

Sykes, Bryan 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.

Ewert, Stephanie, Bryan Sykes, and Becky Pettit. 2014.  The Degree of Disadvantage: Incarceration and Inequality in Education. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 651: 24-43.

Sykes, Bryan. 2014. Documentation and Methods for Incarceration Rates in the United States, 1972-2010.  Appendix B (Data Sources), in The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, edited by Jeremy Travis and Bruce Western for The National Research Council.  Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Pettit, Becky and Bryan Sykes. 2012. Measuring Racial Inequality in the ACS. Pp. 76-79. In The Benefits (and Burdens) of the American Community Survey (ACS), edited by The Committee on National Statistics for The National Academy of Sciences. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Sykes, Bryan and Alex Piquero. 2009.   Structuring and Recreating Inequality: Health Testing Policies, Race, and the Criminal Justice System. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 623: 214-227.


2015. Huffington Post Live (7/16/15). "Why Bill Clinton Admitted Being Wrong on Crime."


Weblinks to Research Data

U.S. Census Bureau
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Inter-University Consortium for the Study of Political and Social Science (ICPSR)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
International Database (ID)
Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS)
General Social Survey (GSS)
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

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