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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): Education Data Science
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy
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

Cheng, M., Smith, D. S., Ren, X., Cao, H., Smith, S., & McFarland, D. A. (2023). How New Ideas Diffuse in Science. AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW.

McFarland, D. A., & Wolff, T. (2022). Writing into relationships. SOCIAL NETWORKS, 71, 96–114.

Liang, W., Elrod, S., McFarland, D. A., & Zou, J. (2022). Systematic analysis of 50 years of Stanford University technology transfer and commercialization. Patterns (New York, N.Y.), 3(9), 100584.

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