Sanjiv Gupta

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Machmer W36D

“Prisoners, Soldiers and the Coercive Welfare System of the U.S.”

Dr. Gupta's research to date has focused on disparities in time spent doing housework. He will use the ISSR residency to further a new line of research into the hidden, coercive “welfare” regime in the U.S. constituted by its military and penal system. Together these institutions provide expensive services like health and child care to nearly 30 million people. The proposed study will analyze the relationship between the provision of these services to the general population and their provision to soldiers and prisoners. It will also evaluate the broader societal significance of this relationship to the well being of the general, non-institutionalized population using the American Human Development Index (AHDI), a state-level measure modeled after the United Nations’ Human Development Index for nations.  


  • 2015    Sanjiv Gupta, Marie Evertsson, Daniela Grunow, Magnus Nermo, and Liana Sayer. “The economic gap among women in time spent on housework in former West Germany and Sweden.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, v. 46: pp. 181-202.
  • 2010    Sanjiv Gupta, Marie Evertsson, Daniela Grunow, Magnus Nermo, and Liana Sayer. “Does Class Matter? Economic Inequalities and Time Spent on Housework among Married Women in Germany, Sweden, and the U.S.” Chapter 6 in Men, Women, And Household Work In Cross-National Perspective, Judith Treas and Sonja Drobnič, Editors. Stanford University Press.

Keywords: welfare, incarceration, military, health care, child care