James Moody

Professor in the Department of Sociology

External Address: 
268 Soc/psych Bldg., Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5650


James Moody is the Robert O. Keohane professor of sociology at Duke University. He has published extensively in the field of social networks, methods, and social theory. His work has focused theoretically on the network foundations of social cohesion and diffusion, with a particular emphasis on building tools and methods for understanding dynamic social networks. He has used network models to help understand school racial segregation, adolescent health, disease spread, economic development, and the development of scientific disciplines. Moody's work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has appeared in top social science, health and medical journals. He is winner of INSNA's (International Network for Social Network Analysis) Freeman Award for scholarly contributions to network analysis, founding director of the Duke Network Analysis Center and editor of the on-line Journal of Social Structure.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1999

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1997

  • B.S., University of Oregon 1992

Yamanis, TJ, Merli, MG, Neely, WW, Tian, FF, Moody, J, Tu, X, and Gao, E. "An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Recruitment Patterns on RDS Estimates among a Socially Ordered Population of Female Sex Workers in China." Sociological Methods and Research 42.3 (2013): 392-425. Full Text

Adams, J, Moody, J, Muth, SQ, and Morris, M. "Quantifying the Benefits of Link-Tracing Designs for Partnership Network Studies." FIELD METHODS 24.2 (May 2012): 175-193. Full Text

Cleveland, MJ, Feinberg, ME, Osgood, DW, and Moody, J. "Do Peers' Parents Matter? A New Link Between Positive Parenting and Adolescent Substance Use." JOURNAL OF STUDIES ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 73.3 (May 2012): 423-433.

Light, R, and Moody, J. "Dynamic Building blocks for science." Quality & Quantity 29 (December 2011): 1-6. (Academic Article)

Gest, SD, Osgood, DW, Feinberg, ME, Bierman, KL, and Moody, J. "Strengthening Prevention Program Theories and Evaluations: Contributions from Social Network Analysis." PREVENTION SCIENCE 12.4 (December 2011): 349-360. Full Text

Light, R, and Moody, J. "Dynamic building blocks for science: comment on Kronegger, Ferligoj, and Doreian." QUALITY & QUANTITY 45.5 (August 2011): 1017-1022. Full Text

Moody, J, Brynildsen, WD, Osgood, DW, Feinberg, ME, and Gest, S. "Popularity Trajectories and Substance Use in early Adolescence." Soc Networks 33.2 (May 2011): 101-112. Full Text

Kreager, DA, Rulison, K, and Moody, J. "DELINQUENCY AND THE STRUCTURE OF ADOLESCENT PEER GROUPS." CRIMINOLOGY 49.1 (February 2011): 95-127. Full Text

Moody, J, Feinberg, ME, Osgood, DW, and Gest, SD. "Mining the Network: Peers and Adolescent Health." JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH 47.4 (October 2010): 324-326. Full Text