James Moody

Robert O. Keohane Professor of Sociology (2011 - 2016)

Professor Moody works primarily in the areas of social networks, formal sociological theory, and quantitative methodology. He has brought new theoretical innovation to the study of social networks. His research on adolescent social networks analyzes their impact on health, delinquency, and substance abuse. Most elegant is his working operationalization of social cohesion in networks. He conceptualizes cohesion as the degree to which a group’s coherence and character are not dependent on a particular person or small set of ties. His paper on this topic won the American Sociological Associations Mathematical Sociology Section award for best article.