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Reuben (Jack) Thomas

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Stanford University 2009

Research Interests

Race and Ethnicity , Gender , Quantitative Methods , Social Networks , Social Stratification

Interpersonal Relationships , Segregation , Race and Ethnicity , Gender

Research Statement:

I study interpersonal social networks, and how they are related to other social phenomena. My research to date has looked at how the prehistorical emergence of network differences within societies led to the emergence of inherited social inequality, how adolescent networks and affiliations influence transitions into adulthood, how romantic couples meet, and how the network disruption of moving affects segregation.

Recent/Select Publications:

McFarland, Daniel, James Moody, Jeff A. Smith, David Diehl and Reuben J. Thomas. 2014.  “Network Ecology and Adolescent Social Structure.” American Sociological Review. 79,6:1088-121.

Thomas, Reuben J. and Noah P. Mark. 2013. "Population Size, Network Density, and the Emergence of Inherited Inequality." Social Forces. 92,2:521-44.

Rosenfeld, Michael J. and Reuben J. Thomas. 2012. "Searching for a Mate: The Rise of the Internet as Social Intermediary." American Sociological Review. 77,4:523-47.

McFarland, Daniel A. and Reuben J. Thomas. 2006. "Bowling Young: How Youth Voluntary Associations Influence Adult Political Participation." American Sociological Review. 71,3:401-25.

England, Paula and Reuben J. Thomas. 2006. "The Decline of the Date and the Rise of the College Hook Up." in Arlene Skolnick (ed.) The Family in Transition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


Couples, Family & Friendship

Advanced Social Statistics I and II