David Schaefer, Associate Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
My research draws upon a network perspective to
examine how the structure of social relations affects individual
opportunities and outcomes. Specifically, I am interested in
the role of social networks in the diffusion of information,
norms, and influence and outcomes related to delinquency, health,
social capital, and inequality. Another line of research focuses
on network dynamics, which includes the mechanisms underlying
the creation of social networks and the forces that drive network
evolution. I examine these processes using a combination of observational,
experimental, and survey methods as well as agent-based models.
My latest research considers how forms of exchange and the types
of resources available to people impact the development of inequality,
trust, and solidarity.
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