Allison Dwyer Emory

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Buffalo
Chapter Member: New York State SSN

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About Allison

Allison’s research focuses on incarceration, courts, and the implications of involvement with these institutions for families and communities. Recent work has focused on the new challenges never married parents may pose for family courts, the mechanisms behind negative behavior in children with incarcerated fathers, and the long term implications of maternal incarceration for young adults. Allison previously worked in local jail reentry and crime prevention program evaluations.


"Situating the Experience of Maternal Incarceration: Childhood and Young Adult Context" (with Sherry Zhang). Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research 9 (2015): 219-254.

Argues that individuals whose mothers were incarcerated during their childhoods experienced greater hardships in both childhood and young adulthood than those whose mothers were not incarcerated.

"Understanding the Mechanisms through Which Paternal Incarceration Affects Children’s Behavior," American Sociological Association, 2013.
Argues that the collateral consequences faced by families with an incarcerated father, the economic hardship and depressed social support, are most consequential for explaining externalizing behavior in children.
"Parents Apart: Differences between Unmarried and Divorcing Parents in Separated Families" (with Maureen Waller). Family Court Review 52, no. 4 (2014): 686-703.
Explores how the circumstances and relationship histories of separated parents based on their relationship with one another at the time of their child’s birth. Argues that never married parents, a growing population in family courts, face more barriers to father involvement and co-parenting than divorced parents and have fewer social and financial resources at their disposal.