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Daniel A. McFarland


I study the intellectual, social and institutional dynamics of educational systems like schools, classrooms, universities and disciplines. 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 the form, dynamics and innovation of scientific fields. I have broad research interests and have been drawn into a variety of interdisciplinary collaborations with linguists, computer scientists, and sociologists. This in turn has led to studies of big data and methodological advances in social networks, language modeling and the study of innovation.

Other Titles

Professor, Graduate School of Education
Professor (By courtesy), Sociology
Professor (By courtesy), Organizational Behavior
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

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 | Diversity and Identity | Higher Education | Leadership and Organization | Philosophy | Research Methods | Sociology

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Recent Publications

McMahan, P., & McFarland, D. A. (2021). Creative Destruction: The Structural Consequences of Scientific Curation. AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW.

Stark, T. H., Rambaran, J. A., & McFarland, D. A. (2020). The Meeting of Minds: Forging Social and Intellectual Networks within Universities. SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 7, 433–64.

Hofstra, B., Kulkarni, V. V., Munoz-Najar Galvez, S., He, B., Jurafsky, D., & McFarland, D. A. (2020). The Diversity-Innovation Paradox in Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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