David Pettinicchio

Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto

Research Areas: Political Sociology, Social Policy, Social Movements.

David Pettinicchio is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. In 2013-2014, he was a Postdoctoral Research fellow in Sociology and Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He received his B.A. (2003) and M.A. (2004) in Sciology from McGill University and his PhD (2012) in Sociology from the University of Washington.

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.

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.  



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. DOI: 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) DOI: 10.1111/lapo.12024. 


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. 


Robert Crutchfield, David Pettinicchio, and Blaine Robbins. 2012. "Cultures of Inequality and Threat:  National Values and Minority Imprisonment." Pp. 31-52 in Pascale Antolin & Arnaud Schmitt (eds.), Pratiques et esthétique de la déviance en amérique du nord. University of Bordeaux Press. ISBN : 978-2-86781-809-7.


Katie Corcoran, David Pettinicchio & Jacob Young. 2011. “The Context of Control: A Cross-National Investigation of the Link between Social Structure, Fatalism, and Collective Action,” British Journal of Social Psychology 50:576-605. 


Blaine Robbins and David Pettinicchio. 2011. “Social Capital, Economic Development, and Homicide: A Cross-National Investigation,”Social Indicators Research 105: 519-540. 

David Pettinicchio. 2010. “Public and Elite Policy Preferences: Gay Marriage in Canada,” International Journal of Canadian Studies 42(2):125-153.    


Robert Crutchfield and David Pettinicchio. 2009. “‘Cultures of Inequality:” Ethnicity, Welfare Beliefs, and Criminal Justice.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 623: 134-147.