David Brady
David Brady

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology (by courtesy)


David Brady is a Professor in the School of Public Policy, and Director of the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty at the University of California, Riverside. At UCR, he teaches classes on poverty, public policy analysis, and statistics. Before UCR, he was the director of the inequality and social policy department at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, where he remains a Fellow. He is the author of Rich Democracies, Poor People (2009, Oxford Univ Press). He is presently is studying deep and extreme poverty (with Zach Parolin), and the risks of child poverty in the U.S. (with Regina Baker and Ryan Finnigan). He also studies: (1) the political consequences, especially for egalitarian social policies, of rising immigration and ethnic heterogeneity, and (2) the measurement of very long term economic resources, and how those long term economic resources affect racial and health inequalities.


Brady, David, Ryan Finnigan, and Sabine Huebgen. 2017. “Rethinking the Risks of Poverty: A Framework for Analyzing Prevalences and Penalties.” American Journal of Sociology 123: 740-786. https://bradydave.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/bradyfinniganhuebgen2017.pdf

Brady, David and Linda M. Burton. 2016. The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty New York: Oxford University Press. Intro chapter: https://bradydave.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/bradyburton.pdf

Brady, David, Monica Biradavolu, and Kim M. Blankenship. 2015. “Brokers and the Earnings of Female Sex Workers in India.” American Sociological Review 80: 1123-1149.  https://bradydave.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/asr609051_brady.pdf

Brady, David and Ryan Finnigan. 2014. “Does Immigration Undermine Public Support for Social Policy?” American Sociological Review 79: 17-42. https://bradydave.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/bradyfinnigan.pdf

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