Daniel DellaPosta

Daniel DellaPosta

Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Data Analytics

503 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-8709

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D., Cornell University, 2017
  2. B.A., University of Chicago, 2011



I study network dynamics in political, economic, and organizational contexts. Most broadly, my research focuses on how interdependent actors collectively shape social structure. I am especially interested in how networks shape—and are shaped by—social expectations, norms, and attitudes. I work with data from historical sources, surveys, and the web using a combination of network analysis, statistical modeling, and computational methods. While addressing diverse empirical and theoretical puzzles, my research features a core focus on the mechanisms giving rise to intergroup cooperation and conflict, political and attitudinal alignments, and economic organization. 

Research Interests:

collective behavior, political  & cultural polarization, innovation & diffusion, emergence