Pace studies issues related to children and families, with a focus on inequality, parenting behaviors, and school discipline. His recent work focuses on identifying children who are at higher risk of being suspended from school and exploring the implications of suspension in children’s lives.
Matches data from a large family survey to administrative criminal history records to examine underreporting of incarceration and the implications of this underreporting for our understanding the dynamics of families with incarcerated fathers.
Finds that having multiple roles as a parent, such as being a stepparent and a biological parent, is generally associated with having more depressive symptoms with various combinations of roles affecting men and women differently.
Describes racial, social class, and gender differences in suspension rates the early years of elementary school. Suggests suspension isn’t associated with an improvement in child behavior later on.