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Arnout van de Rijt Associate Professor Sociology College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

121 INST. ADV. COMPUTATIONAL SCI.

Stony Brook, 11794

Biography

Arnout van de Rijt's work exploits novel data collection opportunities enabled by present-day communication technology to answer longstanding questions about the origins of social order and societal inequality. His research topics include online social networks, crowd-funding, immigrant assimilation, online petitioning, peer collaboration on Wikipedia, fame, PED use in sports, residential segregation and intimate relationships.

Education

  • PhD, Cornell University
  • BS, Utrecht University
  • BA, Utrecht School of the Arts

Research Grants

Award Start End Sponsor Type Amount Status
Doctoral Dissertation Research: Group Diversity and Knowledge Production for Michael A. Restivo 2013-06-15T00:00:00 2014-05-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 5781 Closed
Why They Juice: Contagiousness of Performance Enhancing Drug Use in Sports 2010-03-10T00:00:00 2012-03-09T00:00:00 American Sociological Association Nonfederal 7000 Closed
EAGER: Field Experiments and Formal Models of Arbitrary Social Inequality 2013-09-15T00:00:00 2017-08-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 274769 Approved

Publications

  1. Author Article The Journal of Mathematical Sociology The Micro-Macro Link for the Theory of Structural Balance 2011 35 41277 94 - 113
  2. Author Article Social Networks The stability of exchange networks 2009 31 2 118 - 125
  3. Author Article American Journal of Sociology Neighborhood Chance and Neighborhood Change: A Comment on Bruch and Mare1 2009 114 4 1166 - 1180
  4. Author Article The Journal of Mathematical Sociology Sequential Power-Dependence Theory 2008 32 2 110 - 128
  5. Author Article Industrial and Corporate Change Effective networking when connections are invisible: comment on Reagans and Zuckerman 2008 17 5 945 - 952
  6. Author Article American Journal of Sociology Dynamics of Networks if Everyone Strives for Structural Holes 2008 114 2 371 - 407
  7. Author Article The Journal of Mathematical Sociology Ethnic Preferences and Residential Segregation: Theoretical Explorations Beyond Detroit 2006 30 41337 275 - 288
  8. Author Article Rationality and Society Trust in Intimate Relationships: The Increased Importance of Embeddedness for Marriage in the United States 2006 18 2 123 - 156

Courses

Term Role Course ID Description
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor SOC 598 Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor SOC 495 Senior Honors Project I
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor SOC 598 Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor SOC 201 Research Methods in Sociology
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor SOC 595 Special Seminars
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor SOC 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor SOC 201 Research Methods in Sociology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor SOC 603 Adv Topics in Quant Analysis
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor SOC 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor SOC 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor SOC 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus

Honors

Type Description Year
Award 2009 Prize for Best Article, European Academy of Sociology, for the article "Dynamics of Networks if Everyone Strives for Structural Holes" (with Vincent Buskens), €500.
Award 2010 Linton C. Freeman Distinguished Young Scholar Award, International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), for significant contributions to the scientific study of social structure.
Award Honorable Mention, 2009 Outstanding Article Publication Award competition, American Sociological Association, Mathematical Sociology, for the article "Dynamics of Networks if Everyone Strives for Structural Holes" (with Vincent Buskens)

Scholarly Activities

Activity Title Date
Lecture University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Computational Social Science seminar. “The Social Stratification of Fame.” 2012-08-09
Seminar McGill. Social statistics seminar. “The Social Stratification of Fame.” 2012-02-18
Lecture Northeastern. “The Social Stratification of Fame.” 2012
Lecture Utrecht University. Keynote lecture at International Networks Conference. “The Social Stratification of Fame.” 2011-12-24
Lecture Northeastern University. “The Social Stratification of Fame.” 2011-12-17
Lecture Harvard Kennedy School. Institute for Quantitative Social Science. “The Social Stratification of Fame.” 2011-12-16
Workshop Yale. Department of Sociology. CIQLE Workshop. “Fifteen Minutes Only? The Social Immobility of Fame in English-Language Newspapers.” 2011-12-07
Invited Masterclass International Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. St. Pete, FA. Plenary address in acceptance of the Linton Freeman Distinguished Young Scholar Award for important contributions to the study of social structure. 2011-12
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Columbia. Social Networks Seminar. 2011-12
Invited Masterclass Utrecht University. Keynote lecture at International Networks Conference. 2011-11-24
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Yale. Department of Sociology. CIQLE Workshop. 2011-10-07
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Yale. Department of Sociology. Comparative Research Workshop. “Fifteen Minutes Only? The Social Immobility of Fame in English-Language Newspapers.” 2011-03-29
Invited Masterclass International Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. St. Pete, FA. Plenary address in acceptance of the Linton Freeman Distinguished Young Scholar Award for important contributions to the study of social structure. 2011-02-11
Presentation/Paper at a conference International Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. Trento, Italy. "Homophily-Based Relationship Prediction in Two Social Networks." 2010-07-04
Presentation/Paper at a conference International Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. Trento, Italy. "Homophily-Based Relationship Prediction in Two Social Networks." 2010-02-04
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Utrecht University. Institute for the Study of Cooperate Relations seminar. "Ability or Cumulative Advantage? Extreme Inequality in Three Reward Systems" 2009-12-17
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. MIT Sloan. System Dynamics Group. "Neighborhood Chance and Neighborhood Change" 2009-09-21
Presentation/Paper at a conference 5th Japan – North America Mathematical Sociology conference. Denver, CO. August 16, 2012. “Limits to Cumulative Advantage: Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia.” (with Michael Restivo)
Presentation/Paper at a conference American Sociological Association annual meeting. Denver, CO. August 17-20, 2012. “A ‘Paper’ Ceiling? Time Trends in Printed New Coverage of Women, 1880-2008.” (with Eran Shor, Charles Ward and Steven Skiena)
Presentation/Paper at a conference American Sociological Association annual meeting. Denver, CO. August 17-20, 2012. “Experimental Study of Informal Rewards in Peer Production.” (with Michael Restivo)
Presentation/Paper at a conference Columbia. INAS annual conference. "Robust Evidence for Cumulative Advantage"

Professional Service

Service Title Date
Other Career Award Committee Member of the Mathematical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association, 2012 2011 - 2012
Other Council Member of the Mathematical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association, 2011-2012. 2011 - 2012
Other Presider, American Sociological Association annual meeting. (August 2011). 2011 - 2012
Referee Science, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Demography, Social Forces, Social Networks, The Sociological Quarterly, Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Methods & Research, Industrial and Corporate Change, Rationality & Society, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Journal of Urban Affairs, Advances in Complex Systems. 2011 - 2012
Service on Editorial Boards Journal of Mathematical Sociology 2011 - 2012
Other Presider, American Sociological Association annual meeting. (August 2011). 2010 - 2011
Referee Book Review for "Sociology Now 2/E", Prentice Hall, 2010. 2010 - 2011
Referee Occasional Reviewer for American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Demography, Social Forces, Social Networks, Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Methods & Research, Industrial and Corporate Change, Rationality & Society, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Journal of Urban Affairs, Advances in Complex Systems. 2010 - 2011
Referee Occasional Reviewer for American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Demography, Social Forces, Social Networks, Social Psychology Quarterly, Rationality & Society, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Journal of Urban Affairs, Advances in Complex Systems. I have reviewed about 10-15 papers and grant proposals since the last addendum. 2009 - 2010

University Service

Service Title Date
College/University Committee Member of SPD Senate Council, SUNY Stony Brook, 2011-2012 2011 - 2012
College/University Committee Member of the Search Committee for Director of the SB Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS). Chair: Peter Paul. SUNY Stony Brook, Spring 2012 2011 - 2012
College/University Committee Member of the SPD Curriculum committee, SUNY Stony Brook, 2011-2012 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee Sociology Department Website Maintenance, SUNY Stony Brook, Summer 2012- 2011 - 2012
Other Free Improvization Ensemble. Ray Anderson. Fall 2011 2011 - 2012
Other Jazz Ensemble. Ray Anderson. Spring 2012 2011 - 2012
Other Member of Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS). Fall 2012- 2011 - 2012
Other Session Chair. National Borders in the 21st Century XXXVth Annual Conference. SUNY Stony Brook, April 30, 2011. 2011 - 2012
College/University Committee Strategic Planning of an Interdisciplinary Center for Social Network Research. Spring 2010. 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee Department Graduate Admissions Committee. SUNY Stony Brook. 2011. 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee Department Special Funds Committee. SUNY Stony Brook, Spring 2011. 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee Statistical analysis of Department Rankings, SUNY Stony Brook, Spring 2011. 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee Voluntary member of Department Search Committee, SUNY Stony Brook, Fall 2010. 2010 - 2011
Other Session Chair. National Borders in the 21st Century XXXVth Annual Conference. SUNY Stony Brook, April 30, 2011. 2010 - 2011
Other Stony Brook Wind Ensemble. Spring, 2011. 2010 - 2011
College/University Committee University Arts & Sciences Senate. SUNY Stony Brook, Fall 2009. 2009 - 2010
College/University Committee University Senate. SUNY Stony Brook, Fall 2009. 2009 - 2010
Community Activity Development of an student-generated encyclopedia of campus buildings, activities, and objects (with Jennifer Wong, Jie Gao, and Samir Das) 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Department Colloquium Committee. SUNY Stony Brook. Fall 2009-Spring 2010. 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Department Executive Committee. SUNY Stony Brook. Fall 2009. 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Department Graduate Committee. SUNY Stony Brook. Fall 2009-Spring 2010. 2009 - 2010
Other Investigation into the possibility of an interdisciplinary Center for Computational Social Science. Proposal prepared and presented in department meeting. 2009 - 2010
Other Voluntarily Organized and Co-Taught an Interdisciplinary Course on "Networks" in the Honors Program, SUNY Stony Brook, Fall 2009. 2009 - 2010