Christopher Wildeman is Associate Vice Provost for the Social Sciences, Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and Director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect at Cornell University, where he is also a Professor of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) and Sociology (by courtesy). Since 2015, he has also been a Senior Researcher at the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Prior to joining Cornell’s faculty in 2014, Christopher was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University. 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, 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.
My current research emphasizes the prevalences, causes, and consequences of parental incarceration and child welfare contact for families in Denmak and the United States.
Wildeman, Christopher, Sara Wakefield, and Hedwig Lee, eds. Forthcoming. Tough on Crime, Tough on Families? Criminal Justice and Family Life in America. Special Issue of ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Wildeman, Christopher, Vesla Weaver, and Jacob S. Hacker, eds. 2014. Detaining Democracy? Criminal Justice and American Civic Life. Special Issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 653.
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.
Yi, Youngmin, and Christopher Wildeman. 2018. "Can Foster Care Interventions Diminish Justice System Inequality." Future of Children 28:37-58.
Wildeman, Christopher, Alyssa Goldman, and Kristin Turney. 2018. "Parental Incarceration and Child Health in the United States." Epidemiologic Reviews 40:146-156.
Wildeman, Christopher, and Emily A. Wang. 2017. "Mass Incarceration, Public Health, and Widening Inequality in the USA." Lancet 389:1464-1474.
Wildeman, Christopher, and Signe Hald Andersen. 2017. "Paternal Incarceration and Children's Risk of Being Charged by Early Adulthood: Evidence from a Danish Policy Shock." Criminology 55:32-58.
Wildeman, Christopher. 2016. Incarceration and Population Health in Wealthy Democracies." Criminology 54:360-382.
Lee, Hedwig, Tyler McCormick, Margaret T. Hicken, and Christopher Wildeman. 2015. "Inequalities in Connectedness to Imprisoned Individuals in the United States." Du Bois Review 12:269-282.
Fallesen, Peter, and Christopher Wildeman. 2015. "The Eff ect of Medical Treatment of Attention De cit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Foster Care Caseloads: Evidence from Danish Registry Data." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 56:398-414.
Wildeman, Christopher, and Kristin Turney. 2014. “Positive, Negative, or Null? The Effects of Maternal Incarceration on Children's Behavioral Problems.” Demography 51:1041-1068.
Wildeman, Christopher, and JaneWaldfogel. 2014. “Somebody's Children or Nobody's Children? How the Sociological Perspective Could Enliven Research on Foster Care.” Annual Review of Sociology 40:599-618.
Wildeman, Christopher, Natalia Emanuel, John M. Leventhal, Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Jane Waldfogel, and Hedwig Lee. 2014. “The Prevalence of Confirmed Maltreatment Among US Children, 2004-2011.” JAMA Pediatrics 168:706-713.
Wildeman, Christopher, and Natalia Emanuel. 2014. “Cumulative Risks of Foster Care Placement for American Children, 2000-2011.” PLOS ONE 9:e92785.
Wildeman, Christopher, Signe Hald Anderson, Hedwig Lee, and Kristian Bernt Karlson. 2014. “Parental Incarceration and Child Mortality in Denmark.” American Journal of Public Health 104:428-433
Wang, Emily A., Jenerius A. Aminawung, Christopher Wildeman, Joseph S. Ross, and Harlan M. Krumholz. 2014. “High Incarceration Rates Among Black Men Enrolled in Clinical Studies May Compromise Ability to Identify Disparities.” Health Affairs 33:848-855.
Turney, Kristen, and Christopher Wildeman. 2013. “Redefining Relationships: Explaining the Countervailing Consequences of Paternal Incarceration for Parenting Quality.” American Sociological Review 78:949-979.
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, 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.
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 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.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 621:221-242.
My current research emphasizes the prevalences, causes, and consequences of parental incarceration and child welfare contact for families in Denmark and the United States.
I am currently the Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR). I am also currently in the dissemination stage of a new FWD.us-funded project on the prevalence of family member incarceration in the United States. For more information, see:
PAM 2080 (Confinement!)
PAM 2610 (Orange Is the New Black)
PAM 4080/6060 (Demographic Techniques).
PAM 2080: Confinement!
PAM 2160: Orange Is the New Black
PAM 4080/6060: Demographic Techniques
B.A. Philosophy, Sociology, and Spanish, Dickinson College (2002)
M.A., Sociology and Demography, Princeton University (2006)
Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, Princeton University (2008)
Provost Fellow for the Social Sciences
Director, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Director, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
Development Core Director, Cornell Population Center
Google Scholar page: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3fGaHzsAAAAJ&hl=en