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Kevin Lewis, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. - Harvard University, 2012

Areas of Specialization: Culture, Social Networks, Social Psychology, Inequality, Family

Email Address: lewis@ucsd.edu

Phone number: 534-5423
Office location: 495 Social Science Building

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Biography:

Kevin Lewis received his BA in sociology and philosophy (mathematics minor) from UC San Diego and his MA and PhD in sociology from Harvard University. His research focuses on the formation and evolution of social networks, and addresses three general questions. First, what underlying micro-mechanisms give rise to observed network patterns? Second, what is the role of culture, and especially of cultural tastes, in social network dynamics? Third, what are the implications of these processes for the genesis and reproduction of inequality? To answer these questions, he has analyzed a number of large-scale network datasets—spanning topics from online dating to internet activism to college students’ behavior on Facebook—and his work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sociological Science, and Social Networks. Lewis is also a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

 

Classes to be taught in 2014/15:

Fall 2014

SOCI 102- Network Data and Methods

SOCG 205- Quantitative Methods

Winter 2015

SOCI 70- General Sociology for Pre-Medical Students

SOCI 122- Social Networks