Economic Sociology - Social network dynamics

Damon Centola Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor and Director of Network Dynamics Group
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Centola received his PhD in Sociology from Cornell University. He was an NSF IGERT Fellow in Non-linear Dynamics and Complex Systems.  He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Centola's work addresses the theory of how behaviors spread through social networks. His research uses computational models and online experiments to study innovation diffusion, social epidemiology and cultural evolution.  His papers have been published across several disciplines, including sociology, physics and public health, appearing in journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, and the American Journal of Sociology. His work received the American Sociological Association’s Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology in 2006, 2009, and 2011, and has garnered the ASA's Goodman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociological Methodology. He has developed new computational and experimental technologies, including the NetLogo Agent Based Modeling environment, and was awarded a U.S. Patent for inventing a method for building online networks to promote diffusion.  Recent popular accounts of Damon’s work have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and CNN.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Jacob E. Cheadle Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Happold Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Dr. Cheadle received his PhD in Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University. He is also co-director of the Bio-sociology of Minority Health Disparities Research Lab with his colleague, Dr. Bridget Goosby. His research focuses on how social processes intersect with biological processes to create individual variation in social functioning and health from late childhood and into adulthood. For example, they are currently studying how experiencing racial discrimination interacts with stress physiology to shape health disparities in a community sample. In the laboratory, they are interested in how peer pressure can bias adolescent and college students’ decision-making towards risky behaviors. The different projects he is involved in seeks to integrate measures at multiple levels of analysis including social networks, physiology, neurobiology, and genetics. They are also interested in social experiences and health over daily to long-term time scales, and using survey and experimental methods.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Nicole Esparza Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Esparza received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2007. Her research interests include organizational dynamics, urban inequality, and economic sociology.  Dr. Esparza's dissertation used a multi-method approach to examine nonprofit organizations in twenty-six U.S. metropolitan areas.  This research explored how inter-organizational dynamics and social and political context affect the distribution of homeless services.  As a Scholar, she studied hospital patient “dumping,” a practice in which hospitals avoid high-cost patients by refusing to admit, transferring, and/or releasing patients in unstable conditions.

Discipline: Sociology