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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, 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 | Higher Education | History of Education | Leadership and Organization | 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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