Prof. Ryan Finnigan, Ph.D.

Portrait Foto Prof. Ryan Finnigan, Ph.D. (Foto: David Ausserhofer)
Foto: David Ausserhofer


Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Former Staff Member of the Completed Research Unit

Research fields

Racial/Ethnic Stratification | Urban Sociology | Demography | Health Disparities | Quantitative Methods


since 08 2014 Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis


I was a postdoctoral fellow in the WZB's unit for Inequality and Social Policy. My research investigates how structural change (at the city-, regional-, and country-level) shapes inequalities in individual well-being and life chances. Motivating my research agenda are several enduring questions: How do the structural contexts of cities shape racial/ethnic inequalities? How does institutional change affect poverty and economic well-being? How do individuals respond to demographic changes like immigration? My dissertation examined structural changes in urban housing and labor markets across the US, and their impact on racial and ethnic inequalities. Other research examines immigration and public support for social policy; unionization and working poverty; and racial/ethnic stratificaiton in homeownership and health. 

2012 – 2014 Research Fellow of the research unit "Inequality and Social Policy" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center

2013 Ph.D. in Sociology, Duke University

2010 M.A. in Sociology, Duke University

2007 B.A. in Sociology, Indiana University B.S. in Mathematics, Indiana University

Selected Publications

Brady, David/Finnigan , Ryan (2012): "Multicultural Welfare Politics. Immigration Mostly Has no Effect on Welfare Attitudes". In: WZB Reports, No. 1/Winter 2012/13, S. 37-39.
Brady, David/Baker, Regina S./Finnigan, Ryan (2013): "When Unionization Disappears. State-Level Unionization and Working Poverty in the United States". In: American Sociological Review, Vol. 78, No. 5, S. 872-896. (Vorab online publiziert 30. August 2013)