Michael Massoglia

Position title: Professor of Sociology

Email: mmassoglia@ssc.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-7820

4438 Sewell Social Science

Research Interest Statement:

Mike’s work focuses on the social consequences of the expansion of the penal system, the relationship between the use of legal controls and demographic change in the United States, and patterns and consequences of criminal behavior over the life course. Current research projects examine historical variation in U.S. criminal deportations as well as the relationship between incarceration and neighborhood attainment and racial composition. Mike teaches classes on criminology, delinquency, and deviance.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Social Stratification, Law and Society, Demography and Ecology, Aging and the Life Course, Deviance, Law, and Social Control


Soc 421 Processes of Deviant Behavior
Soc 441 Criminology

Other Campus Affiliations:

Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for Law, Society & Justice

Selected Publications:




Schinittker, Jason,  Michael Massoglia, and Christopher Uggen.  2022. Prisons and Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Oxford University Press.







Robey, Jason P., Michael Massoglia, and Michael T. Light. Forthcoming Demography. “A Generational Shift: Race and the Lifetime Risk of Incarceration.”

Light, Michael, Ellen Dismore, and Michael Massoglia. 2019. “How Do Criminal Courts Respond in Times of Crisis? Evidence from 9/11.” American Journal of Sociology 125(2).

Shannon, Sarah K. S., Christopher Uggen, Jason Schnittker, Melissa Thompson, Sarah Wakefield, and Michael Massoglia. 2017. “The Growth, Scope, and Spatial Distribution of People with Felony Records in the United States, 1948-2010.” Demography 54(5): 1795-818. PMCID 5996985.

Massoglia, Michael and William Pridemore. 2015. “Incarceration and Health.” Annual Review of Sociology 41(1).

Light, Michael, Michael Massoglia, and Ryan King. 2014. “The Salience of Citizenship in Criminal Courts.” American Sociological Review 79:825-847

Light, Michael T., Michael Massoglia, and Ryan D. King. 2014. “Citizenship and Punishment: The Salience of National Membership in U.S. Criminal Courts.” American Sociological Review 79(5): 825-47. NIHMS ID 982811.

Massoglia, Michael, Paul-Philippe Pare, Jason Schnittker, and Alain Gagnon. 2014. “The Relationship between Incarceration and Premature Adult Mortality: Gender Specific Evidence.” Social Science Research 46: 142-54. NIHMS ID 981986.

Massoglia, Michael, Glenn Firebaugh, and Cody Warner. 2013. “Racial Variation in the Effect of Incarceration on Neighborhood Attainment.”American Sociological Review 78: 142-165

King, Ryan, Michael Massoglia, and Christopher Uggen. 2012. “Employment and Exile: U.S. Criminal Deportations, 1908-2005.” American Journal of Sociology 117: 1786-1825.

Massoglia, Michael, Brianna Remster, and Ryan King. 2011. “Stigma or Separation? Understanding the Incarceration Divorce Relationship.” Social Forces 133-156.

Massoglia, Michael and Christopher Uggen. 2010. “Settling Down and Aging Out: Toward an Interactionist Theory of Desistance and the Transition to Adulthood.” American Journal of Sociology 116:543-82.