David Pettinicchio. Credit: Ian Patterson.

David Pettinicchio

Associate Professor Sociology
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga , ON
L5L 1C6

David Pettinicchio joined the Sociology Department as assistant professor in 2014. After receiving his Ph.D. 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, and Disability, Politics and Society. He has recently published in Gender and Society, The Sociological Quarterly, Canadian Review of Sociology, and the British Journal of Social Psychology. His book, Politics of Empowerment (Stanford University Press), examines the back-and-forth dynamics between political mobilization and policymaking.

As a political sociologist, Professor Pettinicchio is interested in the development of political constituencies and their ongoing interaction with political institutions. His current work lies at the intersection of inequality and politics. More recently, he has embarked in a nationwide study about how policy responses to COVID-19 have shaped public perceptions about government and policy, as well as the ways in which people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are economically impacted by the pandemic.


Selected Publications

Maroto Michelle, and David Pettinicchio. 2020. "Barriers to Economic Security: Disability, Employment, and Asset Disparities in Canada." Canadian Review of Sociology 57(1):53-79. https://doi.org/10.1111/cars.12268 (Listen to Podcast)

Maroto, Michelle, David Pettinicchio, and Andrew C. Patterson. 2019. "Hierarchies of Categorical Disadvantage: Economic Insecurity at the Intersection of Disability, Gender, and Race." Gender & Society 33(1):64-93. http://doi.org/10.1177/0891243218794648

Pettinicchio, David. 2019. The Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Corcoran, Katie E., David Pettinicchio, and Blaine Robbins. 2017. “A Double-Edge Sword: The Countervailing Effects of Religion on Cross-National Violent Crime.” Social Science Quarterly 99(1):377-389. http://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12408

Pettinicchio, David. 2017. “Elites, Policy, and Social Movements.” In On the Cross Road of Polity, Political Elites and Mobilization (Research in Political Sociology, Volume 24), edited by Barbara Wejnert and Paolo Parigi. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0895-993520160000024006

Pettinicchio, David and Robert de Vries. 2017. "Immigrant Political Participation in Europe: Comparing Different Forms of Political Action across Groups." Comparative Sociology 16(4):523-554.‚Äč http://doi.org/10.1163/15691330-12341436

Pettinicchio, David and Michelle Maroto. 2017. "Employment Outcomes Among Men and Women with Disabilities: How the Intersection of Gender and Disability Status Shapes Labor Market Inequality." In Factors in Studying Employment for Persons with Disability (Research in Social Science and Disability, Vol. 10), edited by Barbara M. Altman. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. http://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-354720170000010003

Corcoran, Katie E., David Pettinicchio, and Jacob T.N. Young. 2015. "Perceptions of Structural Injustice and Efficacy: Participation in Low/Moderate/High-Cost Forms of Collective Action." Sociological Inquiry 85(3):429-461. https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12082

Maroto, Michelle and David Pettinicchio. 2015. “Twenty-Five Years After the ADA: Situating Disability in America’s System of Stratification.” Disability Studies Quarterly 35(3):1-34. http://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v35i3.4927

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2014.08.002

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/lapo.12024

Pettinicchio, David. 2013. "Strategic Action Fields and the Context of Political Entrepreneurship: How Disability Rights Became Part of the Policy Agenda." In Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 36), edited by Patrick G. Coy. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-786X(2013)0000036006

Corcoran, Katie, 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(3):542-567. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2012.01669.x

Pettinicchio, David. 2012. “Current Explanations for the Adoption of Same-Sex Marriage Policies in Western Countries.” Comparative Sociology 11(4):526-557. http://doi.org/10.1163/15691330-12341234

Pettinicchio, David. 2012. “Institutional Activism: Reconsidering the Insider/Outsider Dichotomy in Social Movements.” Sociology Compass 6(6):499-510. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2012.00465.x

Pettinicchio, David. 2012. “Migration and ethnic nationalism: Anglophone exit and the ‘Decolonization’ of Québec.” Nations and Nationalism 18(4):719-743. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8129.2011.00513.x

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Social Policy; Political Sociology; Social Movements and Disability
Current Courses: 
SOC222H5, SOC350H5, SOC429H5
Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Washington)
M.A. (Sociology, McGill University)
B.A. (Sociology, McGill University)