Kevin Michael Lewis

Kevin Michael Lewis


(Sociology, May 2012)
Thesis Title: Stratification in the Early Stages of Mate Choice
Committee: Peter V. Marsden (Chair), Jocelyn Viterna, Martin K. Whyte, and Michèle Lamont
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California - San Diego
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California - San Diego

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

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