Ronald Breiger

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Ronald Breiger
New York City
Alma materBrandeis University (B.A.)
Harvard University (Ph.D.)
Known forcultural sociology, organizational sociology, social network analysis, mathematical models
AwardsGeorg Simmel Distinguished Career Award[1]
James S. Coleman Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Arizona
Doctoral advisorHarrison White
Other academic advisorsMark Granovetter, Thomas F. Pettigrew
Doctoral studentsOmar Lizardo

Ronald Breiger is an American sociologist and a Regents' Professor, a professor of sociology and (by courtesy) government and public policy, and an affiliate of the interdisciplinary graduate program in statistics at the University of Arizona. Prior to coming to Arizona he served on the faculties of Harvard University (assistant to associate professor) and Cornell University (professor to Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology). He is well cited[2] in the fields of social networks, social stratification, mathematical sociology, organizational sociology and cultural sociology and, with Linton Freeman, edited the influential academic journal Social Networks[3] from 1998 to 2006. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Georg Simmel Distinguished Career Award of the International Network for Social Network Analysis,[1] and in 2018 he received the James S. Coleman Distinguished Career Achievement Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Mathematical Sociology.

Early life and career[edit]

Ronald Breiger grew up in Englewood, New Jersey.[4] He received his AB Summa cum Laude at Brandeis University in 1970 with a thesis entitled: Value Conceptions in Early American Sociology. In 1975 he received a PhD from Harvard University. His dissertation was on "Dual and Multiple Networks of Social Structure". His committee consisted of Harrison White(chair),[4] Mark Granovetter and Thomas F. Pettigrew.[5]

In 1985-86, he was a fellow of the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences[6] and he was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar for 1987-88. He is also a national affiliate of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.[7]

Major contributions[edit]

Breiger's primary contributions have been to the field of social network analysis. The most widely cited are, with co-authors Harrison White and Scott A. Boorman, "Social Structure from Multiple Networks. I. Blockmodels of Roles and Positions" published in 1976.[8] and "The Duality of Persons and Groups" published in 1974.[9]

Beginning in 2000, Breiger devoted considerable attention to elucidating the mutual implications of social network analysis and the sociology of culture.[10][11][12] In recent years, he and colleagues have turned regression analysis and many of its generalizations "inside out" by showing how regression modeling rests on a dual network of profile similarity among the cases.[13][14]

Breiger has played an important role in applying network analytic techniques to the study of terrorism. For instance, in November 2002, Breiger chaired a workshop on dynamic social network modeling and analysis for the Committee on Human Factors of the National Academy of Sciences convened at the request of the Office of Naval Research.[4][15][16] He is also a Research Affiliate with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism,[17] one of the Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence.

In 2005 he received the Georg Simmel Distinguished Career Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). In 2018 he was the recipient of the James S. Coleman Distinguished Career Achievement Award given by the American Sociological Association Section on Mathematical Sociology.


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  3. ^ "Social Networks - Journal Resources for Authors - Michigan PSC".
  4. ^ a b c "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism".
  5. ^ "CV" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-24.
  6. ^ "CASBS". Archived from the original on 2015-10-29.
  7. ^ "Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality".
  8. ^ White, Harrison C., Scott A. Boorman, and Ronald L. Breiger. "Social structure from multiple networks. I. Blockmodels of roles and positions." American journal of sociology (1976): 730-780.
  9. ^ Breiger, Ronald L. "The duality of persons and groups." Social forces 53.2 (1974): 181-190.
  10. ^ Breiger, Ronald L. (2000). "Breiger, Ronald L. A tool kit for practice theory". Poetics. 27 (2–3): 91–115. doi:10.1016/S0304-422X(99)00026-1.Poetics 27.2 (2000): 91-115.
  11. ^ Pachucki, Mark A.; Breiger, Ronald L. (2010). "Pachucki, Mark A., and Ronald L. Breiger. Cultural holes: Beyond relationality in social networks and culture". Annual Review of Sociology. 36: 205–224. doi:10.1146/annurev.soc.012809.102615. Annual Review of Sociology 36 (2010): 205-224.
  12. ^ "Breiger, Ronald L., and Kyle Puetz. Culture and networks" (PDF). International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd. ed. (2015), ed. James D. Wright, in press.
  13. ^ Melamed, David; Breiger, Ronald L.; Schoon, Eric (2013). "Melamed, David, Ronald Breiger, and Eric Schoon. The duality of clusters and statistical interactions". Sociological Methods & Research. 42: 41–59. doi:10.1177/0049124112464870. Sociological methods & research 42.1 (2013): 41-59.
  14. ^ Breiger, Ronald L.; Melamed, David (2014). "The Duality of Organizations and their Attributes: Turning Regression Modeling "Inside Out"". Breiger, Ronald L., and David Melamed. The duality of organizations and their attributes: Turning regression modeling 'inside out'. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 40. pp. 263–275. doi:10.1108/S0733-558X(2014)0000040013. ISBN 978-1-78350-751-1. Research in the sociology of organizations 40 (2014): 261-74.
  15. ^ Council, National Research; Education, Division of Behavioral Social Sciences and; Board On Behavioral, Cognitive; Factors, Committee on Human (2003). Dynamic Social Network Modeling and Analysis, edd. R. Breiger, K. Carley, P. Pattison. doi:10.17226/10735. ISBN 978-0-309-08952-4. Washington, DC, National Academies Press (2003).
  16. ^ Breiger, Ronald L.; Schoon, Eric; Melamed, David; Asal, Victor; Rethemeyer, R. Karl (2014). "Breiger, RL, Eric Schoon, David Melamed, Victor Asal, and R. Karl Rethemeyer, Comparative configurational analysis as a two-mode network problem: A study of terrorist group engagement in the drug trade". Social Networks. 36: 23–39. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2013.04.002. Social Networks 36.1 (2014): 23-39.
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