Areas of Study
Social Networks, Religion, Culture, Social Theory, Social Psychology
Brandon is a third year graduate student and an affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. His interests lie primarily in French social theory, network analysis, methodology, and culture, and he is interested broadly in figuring out what boundaries are, how they emerge, and how to best measure them. In his master’s thesis, he examined the ways in which cultural tastes structure the emergence of social networks. His other works-in-progress address an account of social and cultural structure that is consonant with the boundary making perspective, a method of identifying communities within social networks that utilizes information about individual attributes in addition to relations, the personal networks of atheists, conflicting bounding principles within Durkheim’s thought, and the non-organicist/non-organismic basis of Gabriel Tarde’s thought. Feel free to visit his website or contact him for more detailed information.