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

Gest, SD, Moody, J, and Rulison, KL. "Density or Distinction? The Roles of Data Structure and Group Detection Methods in Describing Adolescent Peer Groups." Journal of Social Structure 8:1 8 (2007): Online-Online. (Academic Article)

Gest, SDAJD, Rulison, KL, Moody, J, and Welsh, JA. "Features of Groups and Status Hierarchies in Girls’ and Boys’ Early Adolescent Peer Networks." New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development 118 (2007): 43-60. (Academic Article)

Moody, J, and Light, R. "A view from above: The evolving sociological landscape." American Sociologist 37.2 (June 1, 2006): 67-86. Full Text

Moody, J. "Trends in sociology titles." American Sociologist 37.1 (March 1, 2006): 77-80. (Review) Full Text

Moody, J. "Markets From Networks." Social Forces 81 (2006): 663-664. (Academic Article)

Moody, J. "Network Exchange Theory." Social Forces 80 (2006): 356-357. (Academic Article)

Moody, J. "Fighting a Hydra: A Network Scale-up Model of the War on Terror." Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 1.2 (2006).

White, DR, Owen-Smith, J, Moody, J, and Powell, WW. "Networks, Fields and Organizations: Micro-Dynamics, Scale and Cohesive Embeddings." Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory 10 (2006): 95-117. (Academic Article)

Adams, J, and Moody, J. "To tell the truth: informant accuracy in sexual networks." Social Networks 29 (2006): 44-58.

Moody, J, McFarland, D, and Bender‐deMoll, S. "Dynamic Network Visualization." American Journal of Sociology 110.4 (January 2005): 1206-1241. Full Text