Katherine Stovel

Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Director, Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences
334 Condon Hall (temporary location during the Savery renovation)

Box 353340
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105

stovel at dot u dot washington dot edu

Primary Research Areas: Social Networks (method and theory); Economic Organization; Career Structures; HIV/AIDS; Simulation Studies

I study the dynamics of social organization. I am particularly interested in how basic principles of social interaction are expressed in specific historical or cultural contexts, and why these expressions may result in new institutional arrangments or new identities for individuals.

Frequently the tension between general social mechanisms and the particularity of local institutional arrangements is at the theoretical center of my work; I like to develop or expand methods that allow us to model the dynamics of these tensions. At the level of specific studies, the payoff is more precise understanding of how general processes get worked out in specific places, often with profound consequences for individuals or social structures. In a more cumulative sense, my work offers a model of how to use formal methods to systematically study the dynamics of social process, with an eye toward understanding both the reproduction of institutions and the emergence of new forms of social organization and behavior.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

NEWS: AJPH Condom paper featured in the Science Section of the New York Times, May 8, 2007."Chains of Affection" has been awarded the 2005 Roger Gould Prize by the Consulting Editors of the American Journal of Sociology