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Dr. Valerio Baćak

Assistant Professor

Education

Ph.D. (2015) Sociology, University of Pennsylvania; A.M. (2014) Statistics, Wharton School; M.A. (2008) Sociology, University of Oxford; M.Sc. (2008), B.A. (2007) Sociology, University of Zagreb

Office Location

CLJ, Room 545

Areas of Specialization

Health
Inequality
Quantitative Methods

Bio

Valerio Baćak joined the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary research interest is in understanding how legal systems of punishment and control shape social inequality, especially inequalities in health. In addition to academic work, Valerio has consulted internationally on public health projects for various United Nations organizations. As a research and teaching fellow at the University of Zagreb, he studied youth sexuality and the social epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations. Originally from Croatia, Valerio received a BA in Sociology from the University of Zagreb, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Recent & Key Publications

Baćak, V., & Kennedy, E. H. (2019). Principled machine learning using the super learner: An application to predicting prison violence.  Sociological Methods & Research, 48, 698-721.
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0049124117747301

Baćak, V., Andersen, L. H., & Schnittker, J. (2019). The effect of timing of incarceration on mental health: Evidence from a natural experiment.  Social Forces, 98, 303-328.
https://academic.oup.com/sf/article/98/1/303/5145053

Baćak, V., Thurman, K., Eyer, K., Qureshi, R., Bird, J. D., Rivera, L. M., & Kim, S. A. (2018). Incarceration as a health determinant for sexual orientation and gender minority persons.  American Journal of Public Health, 108, 994-999.
https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304500?journalCode=ajph