Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis

I investigate the micro-level foundations of power and status and their relationship to conflict and aggression, most often in the adolescent context of schools, where I have found that status, physical appearance, and social distance all influence victimization in surprising ways. I am also beginning to explore the relationship between prestige and conflict in a very different setting, that of scholarly publications, where I intend to examine how prestige affects the likelihood of publicly challenging, or being challenged by, another scientist. Other research has focused on how social networks channel a wide range of adolescent problem behaviors, including dating violence, substance abuse, and delinquency.


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    Associate Professor, University of California, Davis