Faculty & Staff
Keith Bentele, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Director, Master’s Program in Applied Sociology
Areas of Expertise
Stratification, Inequality, Political Sociology, Public Policy
PhD, University of Arizona
Professional Publications & Contributions
Bentele, Keith G., Rebecca Sager, Gary Adler Jr., & Sarah A. Soule. 2014. “Breaking Down the Wall Between Church and State: State Adoption of Religious Inclusion Legislation, 1995-2009.” Journal of Church and State. Summer 56 (3): 1-31.
Bentele, Keith G. & Erin O’Brien. 2013. "Jim Crow 2.0?: Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Polices." Perspectives on Politics. 11 (4): 1088-1116.
Bentele, Keith G. 2013. “Distinct Paths to Higher Inequality? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Rising Earnings Inequality Among U.S. States, 1980-2010.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 34: 30-57.
Bentele, Keith G., Rebecca Sager, Gary Adler Jr., & Sarah A. Soule. 2013. “Breaking Down the Wall Between Church and State: State Adoption of Religious Inclusion Legislation, 1995-2009” Journal of Church and State.
Bentele, Keith G. and Lane Kenworthy. 2013. “Globalization and Earnings Inequality in the United States.” In Robert Rycroft (Ed.) The Economics of Inequality, Poverty and Discrimination in the 21st Century. Praeger.
Bentele, Keith G. & Alexander Ibsen. 2013. “Exploring the Patent Surge: Increased Incentives or Multiplying Motives?” Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. 95 (1): 99-122.
Bentele, Keith G. & Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli. 2012. “Ending Access as We Know It: State Welfare Benefit Coverage in the TANF Era.” Social Service Review, 86 (2): 223-268.
Lane Kenworthy and Keith G. Bentele. 2011. "How Trickle Down Can Fail: The U.S. Case." in Progress for the Poor. Oxford University Press, pp. 19-33.
King, Brayden G, Keith G. Bentele, and Sarah A. Soule. 2007. “Protest and Policymaking: Explaining Fluctuation in Congressional Attention to Rights Issues, 1960-1986.” Social Forces, 86:137-164.
View Professor Bentele's Curriculum Vitae
An examination of the impact of the 2007-09 recession on both racial and ethnic wealth inequality and the performance of U.S. safety net programs. A project exploring the causes of dramatic reductions in the number of TANF caseloads. Research on the determinants of earnings inequality, incarceration rates, and the proliferation of faith-based legislation at the U.S. state-level.