OVERVIEW AND HISTORY

The University of California at Irvine is home to one of the premier research groups in the expanding field of social networks. With faculty in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Criminology, Law, and Society, Information and Computer Sciences, and the Graduate School of Management, UCI maintains a large and diverse community of network researchers with a wide range of substantive interests. The School of Social Sciences has had a Graduate Program in Social Networks for 20 years (it has granted 46 Ph.D.s since the mid 1980s). With an active community and numerous opportunities for research collaborations, UCI is an ideal place to study social networks.

The Sociology Department is the hub of social network activity at UCI. We offer coherent graduate training in social networks, with a field specialization in social networks, and a core curriculum covering theoretical foundations, methodological approaches, and substantive applications. We also host a regular colloquium series and weekly network research meetings where graduate students and faculty discuss their on-going research projects. Graduate training in the field is supported by faculty in several departments and the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. The social network program also participates in a graduate student exchange program with the ICS in the Netherlands.

Current social network research by faculty and graduate students covers a wide array of substantive topics, including: networks of responders to disasters; socio-spatial features of networks in high crime neighborhoods; effects of economic and social transformations on kinship and support networks in rural villages; social networks of immigrants; global city networks; on-line social networks; international trade networks; residential segregation; and homophily in professional networks, to name a few. UCI was founding home to the flagship journal in the field, Social Networks. In recent years the social network group has hosted a number of events including the annual one-day Workshop on Social Network Analysis for UCI graduate students. UCI was co-sponosr for the XXV International Sunbelt Social Network Conference held in February 2005 and hosted a conference on Space, Networks, and Social Influence in February 2006.

 

FACULTY

Nina Bandelj
economic sociology, organizations, culture, social networks, comparative sociology, central and eastern Europe

Susan Brown
immigration, inequality, urban sociology

Carter Butts
mathematical sociology, social networks, quantitative methodology, human judgment and decision making,  economic sociology

Yen-Sheng Chaing
mathematical sociology, game theory

Katherine Faust*
social networks, comparative structural analysis, research methods

Lin Freeman
social networks, social structure and cognition, methodology

Matt Huffman
race/gender inequality, labor markets, organizations

Andrew Noymer
population, social networks, mathematical models, demography of health & mortality, historical demography

David Smith
world systems analysis, urbanization, development, comparative-historical sociology, dependent development in East Asia

Judy Stepan-Norris
labor unions, sociology of work, political sociology, American society, research methods

* Cluster coordinator

 

OTHER SOCIOLOGY FACULTY WITH INTERESTS IN SOCIAL NETWORKS

Joy Pixley
life course, work and family, sex stratification, gender roles, research design

David Snow
collective behavior and social movements, social psychology, urban, social problems, culture and qualitative methods

 

OTHER UCI FACULTY WITH INTERESTS IN SOCIAL NETWORKS

 

Victoria Basolo, Urban and Regional Planning
William Batchelder, Cognitive Science
John P. Boyd, Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
Jan Brueckner, Economics
Michael Burton, Anthropology
John Hipp, Criminology, Law, and Society
Michael McBride, Economics
Bonnie Nardi, Information and Computer Science
David Obstfeld, Merage School of Business
A. Kimball Romney, Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
Karen Rook, Psychology and Social Behavior
Padhraic Smyth, Information and Computer Science
Brian Skyrms, Logic and Philosophy of Science
Mark Steyvers, Cognitive Science
George Tita, Criminology, Law, and Society
Denis Trapido, Merage School of Business
Douglas White, Anthropology

 

FIELD EXAMS & GRADUATE COURSES

The Department of Sociology offers a field specialization in social networks, including a core curriculum leading to the field exam. Core courses are taught annually or biannually, with additional electives available both inside and outside the department.

Core courses:

Soc 281 - Introduction to Social Network Analysis (Fall Quarter)
Soc 212 - Social Network Theory (Winter Quarter)
Soc 280 - Analysis of Social Network Data or Analysis of Relational Data (Spring Quarter)

Recently Taught Graduate Courses in Social Networks

2006-2007
Winter
•  Soc 289 - Networks and Information Transmission (Butts)
•  Anthro 289 - Global Networks (White)

Spring
•  Soc 270 - Networks and Organizations (Butts)
•  Soc 280 - Analysis of Social Network Data (Faust)

 

2007-2008
Fall
•  Soc 229 - Introduction to Social Network Analysis (Freeman)
•  Soc 289 - Informant Accuracy (Butts)
•  Anthro 289 - Network Theory and Social Complexity (White)
•  Soc Sci 240A - Seminar in Social Networks (White)

Winter
•  Soc 212 - Social Network Theory (Butts)

 

2008-2009
Fall
•  Soc 229 - Introduction to Social Network Analysis (Freeman)

Spring
•  Soc 280 - Analysis of Social Network Data (Butts)

Social Network Field Exam Reading List

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