Pettinicchio, David

Assistant ProfessorSociology

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David Pettinicchio

David Pettinicchio joined the Sociology Department as assistant professor in 2014. After receiving his PhD from the University of Washington in 2012, Professor Pettinicchio took a two-year position as sociology postdoctoral fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. At UTM, Professor Pettinicchio currently teaches Measuring the Social World, Quantitative Analysis I, and Introduction to Social Policy. He has recently published in Law and Policy, British Journal of Social Psychology, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, and Comparative Sociology.

As a political sociologist, Professor Pettinicchio is interested in the development of political constituencies and their ongoing interaction with political institutions. More specifically, he is interested in the relationship between political entrepreneurship, grassroots mobilization and policy change. This can be seen in his articles on same-sex marriage and ethnic nationalism. His work on disability rights highlights the fluid boundaries and dynamic interplay between so-called political (or elite) insiders and grassroots outsiders and the ways in which these actors work within specific institutional contexts to affect change. In related projects, Professor Pettinicchio extends this framework to examine the economic, social and political impacts of policymaking, especially how these shape inequalities.


David Pettinicchio. Forthcoming 2016. “Elites, Policy, and Social Movements.” Research in Political Sociology, Vol. 24. 

Michelle Maroto and David Pettinicchio.  2015. “Twenty-Five Years After the ADA: Situating Disability in America’s System of Stratification,” Disability Studies Quarterly 35:1-34.

Corcoran, Katie, David Pettinicchio and Jacob Young. 2015. "Perceptions of Structural Injustice and Efficacy: Participation in Low/Moderate/High-Cost Forms of Collective Action." Sociological Inquiry 85(3): 429-461. 

Maroto, Michelle and David Pettinicchio. 2014. "Disability, structural inequality, and work: The influence of occupational segregation on earnings for people with different disabilities." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 38:76-92. 

Maroto, Michelle and David Pettinicchio. 2014. "The Limitations of Disability Antidiscrimination Legislation: Policymaking and the Economic Well-being of People with Disabilities." Law and Policy 36(4):370-407

David Pettinicchio 2013. "Strategic Action Fields and the Context of Political Entrepreneurship: How Disability Rights Became Part of the Policy Agenda", in Patrick G. Coy (ed.) Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 36), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.79-106.

David Pettinicchio. 2012. “Institutional Activism: Reconsidering the Insider/Outsider Dichotomy in Social Movements.” Sociology Compass 6:499-510.

David Pettinicchio. 2012. “Migration and ethnic nationalism: Anglophone exit and the ‘Decolonization’ of Québec.” Nations and Nationalism 18: 719-743. 

David Pettinicchio. 2012. “Current Explanations for the Adoption of Same-Sex Marriage Policies in Western Countries.” Comparative Sociology 11:526-557. 

Katie Corcoran, David Pettinicchio and Blaine Robbins. 2012. “Religion and the Acceptability of White-Collar Crime: A Cross-National Analysis ,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 51: 542-567. 

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Social Policy, Political Sociology, Social Movements and Disability
Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Washington)
M.A. (Sociology, McGill University)
B.A. (Sociology, McGill University)