Peter V. Marsden
Research Interests: Social networks; formal organizations; social stratification; methods.
Peter V. Marsden, the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology, received his undergraduate degree (Sociology and History) from Dartmouth College and his MA and PhD at the University of Chicago. Since joining the Harvard faculty in 1987, he has served as Chair of the Sociology Department and Chair of the Program and Admissions Committee for the PhD Program in Organizational Behavior. From 2011 through 2015 he served as Dean of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Marsden's research interests center on social organization, especially formal organizations and social networks. His ongoing interests include social science methodology and the sociology of medicine. Marsden is Co-Principal Investigator of the General Social Survey.
At Harvard, Marsden has offered undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational analysis, social networks, mathematical sociology, quantitative methods, research methods, and integrating micro- and macro-sociology.