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David Pettinicchio

Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto

I am the author of Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform (2019, Stanford University Press).

I am interested in the development of political constituencies and organizations and their ongoing interaction with political institutions. More specifically, I focus on the ways in which political entrepreneurship and political institutional arrangements shape policy agendas. One of the main objectives of my work is situating the role of grassroots activism and nonprofit advocacy within the political process. In related projects, I extend this framework to examine the economic, social and political impacts of policymaking, enforcement and judicial review on various constituencies.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto


    University of Washington , PhD Sociology