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[Used courtesy Mell Lazarus, CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.]

Research in Social Networks

My research is motivated by the kind of structuralist perspective illustrated in the cartoon above. Thus, I work as a social network analyst. I study of the structural form--or patterning--of the ties that link social actors. This work sometimes involves observing and collecting empirical data. And sometimes it depends on developing formal models or applying existing models to data that are already available. My overall goal in all of this work is to learn something basic about the foundations and consequences of the sociability of social animals. To get more--and more detailed--information about social network analysis generally, you should go to the International Network for Social Network Analysis page. It provides a gateway for all kinds of information about the field.