David Pettinicchio is an assistant professor of sociology. He joined the department in 2014. He teaches courses in quantitative methods, social policy and political sociology. He received his B.A. (2003) and M.A. (2004) in sociology from McGill University and his PhD (2012) in sociology from the University of Washington. In 2013-2014, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Professor Pettinicchio’s research interests include political sociology, social policy and social movements/collective action. He has recently published in Law and Policy, British Journal of Social Psychology, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, and Comparative Sociology. Although some of his work focuses on the U.S., he has published several papers that are Canadian (e.g., same-sex marriage, ethnic nationalism) and international (e.g. religion and crime, cross-national political participation) in focus.
Professor Pettinicchio is interested in the development of political constituencies and their ongoing interaction with political institutions. More specifically, he focuses on the ways in which political entrepreneurship and political institutional arrangements shape policy agendas. One of the main objectives of his work is situating the role of grassroots activism and nonprofit advocacy within the political process. In related projects, Professor Pettinicchio extends this framework to examine the economic, social and political impacts of policymaking, enforcement and judicial review on various constituencies.