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Daniel A. McFarland


I study the social and organizational dynamics of educational systems like schools, classrooms and universities. In particular, I have performed a series of studies on classroom organization and interaction; on the formation of adolescent relationships, social structures, and identities; on interdisciplinary collaboration and intellectual innovation; and on relational sociology. I have broad research interests and have been drawn into a variety of interdisciplinary collaborations with linguists and computer scientists. This in turn has led to studies of big data and methodological advances in social networks and language modeling.

Other Titles

Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of Sociology and of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business
Professor (By courtesy), Sociology
Professor (By courtesy), Organizational Behavior

Program Affiliations

SHIPS (PhD): Higher Education
SHIPS (PhD): Organization Studies
SHIPS (PhD): Social Sciences in Education
SHIPS (PhD): Sociology of Education

Research Interests

Data Sciences | Higher Education | History of Education | Leadership and Organization | Sociology

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Recent Publications

McFarland, D. A., Lewis, K., & Goldberg, A. (2016). Sociology in the era of big data: The ascent of forensic social science. The American Sociologist, 47(1).

Smith, S., van Tubergen, F., Maas, I., & McFarland, D. A. (2016). Ethnic Composition and Friendship Segregation: Differential Effects for Adolescent Natives and Immigrants. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 121(4), 1223–72.

Rawlings, C. M., McFarland, D. A., Dahlander, L., & Wang, D. (2015). Streams of Thought: Knowledge Flows and Intellectual Cohesion in a Multidisciplinary Era. SOCIAL FORCES, 93(4), 1687–1722.

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