James Moody

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

Selected Grants

[In] Cognitio Veritas: Neural and Cognitive First Principles as Ground Truth for Social Simulation awarded by Virginia Tech (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021

Building Better Teams: A Network Analysis Approach awarded by U.S. Army Research Inst. for Behavioral and Social Sciences (Co-Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

Focused Training in Social Networks and Health awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020

CC*Data: ImPACT - Infrastructure for Privacy-Assured compuTations awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Senior Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Cohesion & Connectivity: methods for identifying endemic diffusion in dynamic networks. awarded by James S. McDonnell Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2019

Testing Multiple Modes of Data Collection with Network Sampling with Memory awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2016 to 2019

A Computational Model of Resources and Resilency: Deploying the Elements of National Power for Strategic Influence awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2019

Friendship Networks and Emergence of Substance Abuse awarded by Pennsylvania State University (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2019

Models and Tools for Dynamic Health-Relevant Diffusion over Complex Networks awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018

Collaborative Research: A Pre/Post Disaster Investigation of The Effect of Local Network Capacities on Disaster Response awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2016


The Sociological Theory Reader Volume 1: Classical Theory. Ed. C Calhoun, J Gerties, J Moody, S Pfaff, K Schmidt, and I Virk. Blackwell Press, 2011. (Textbook)

The Sociological Theory Reader Volume 2: Contemporary Theory. Ed. C Calhoun, J Gerties, J Moody, S Pfaff, and I Virk. Blackwell Press, 2011. (Textbook)

Moody, J. "Methods for Meaning in a Multi-World Sociology (In preparation)." American Journal of Sociology (2008).

Moody, J. "The Sexual Organization of the City." Social Networks 29 (2007): 340-348.

Moody, J. "Markets From Networks." Social forces; a scientific medium of social study and interpretation 81 (2002): 663-664.

Moody, J. "Network Exchange Theory." Social forces; a scientific medium of social study and interpretation 80 (2001): 356-357.

Jack, J, Appelbaum, LG, Beam, E, Moody, J, and Huettel, SA. "Mapping rhetorical topologies in cognitive neuroscience." Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric. January 1, 2017. 125-150. Full Text

Bearman, PS, Moody, J, and Stovel, K. "Chains of affection: The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks." Handbook of Applied System Science. November 25, 2016. 164-190. Full Text

Moody, J, and Coleman, J. "Clustering and Cohesion in Networks: Concepts and Measures." International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. JD Wright. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015. 906-912.

Gauthier, R, and Moody, J. "Anatomies of Kinship: Change and Diversity in the Formal Structure of American Families." Families and Child Health. Ed. N Landale, S McHale, and A Booth. October 2013.

Moody, J. "Network Dynamics." Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology. Ed. P Hedstrom and P Bearman. Oxford Universtiy Press, February 2009.

Moody, J. "Evolution and Diffusion over Dynamic Networks." Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology. Ed. P Hedstrom and P Bearman. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Morris, M, Goodreau, S, and Moody, J. "Sexual Networks, Concurrency, and STD/HIV." Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 4th Edition. Ed. KK Holmes, PF Sparling, and WESE al. 2007.

Moody, J, and Leahey, E. "Network Foundations for the Diffusions of Innovations." The Acceptance and Diffusion of Innovation. American Sociological Association / Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, 2006.

Bearman, PS, Moody, J, Stovel, K, and Thaijl, L. "Social and Sexual Networks: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." Network Epidemiology. Ed. M Morris. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Moody, J, and Morris, M. "Social Networks (Economic Relevance)." Handbook for Economic Sociology. Palgrave Press, 2006.

Copeland, M, Siennick, SE, Feinberg, ME, Moody, J, and Ragan, DT. "Social Ties Cut Both Ways: Self-Harm and Adolescent Peer Networks." Journal of Youth and Adolescence (April 15, 2019). Full Text

Keister, LA, Benton, RA, and Moody, JW. "Cohorts and wealth transfers: Generational changes in the receipt of inheritances, trusts, and inter vivos gifts in the United States." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 59 (February 1, 2019): 1-13. Full Text

Trinh, SL, Lee, J, Halpern, CT, and Moody, J. "Our Buddies, Ourselves: The Role of Sexual Homophily in Adolescent Friendship Networks." Child Development 90.1 (January 2019): e132-e147. Full Text

Borrett, SR, Sheble, L, Moody, J, and Anway, EC. "Bibliometric review of ecological network analysis: 2010–2016." Ecological Modelling 382 (August 24, 2018): 63-82. (Review) Full Text

Copeland, M, Fisher, JC, Moody, J, and Feinberg, ME. "Different Kinds of Lonely: Dimensions of Isolation and Substance Use in Adolescence." Journal of Youth and Adolescence 47.8 (August 2018): 1755-1770. Full Text

Temkin, DA, Gest, SD, Osgood, DW, Feinberg, M, and Moody, J. "Social Network Implications of Normative School Transitions in Non-Urban School Districts." Youth & Society 50.4 (May 2018): 462-484. Full Text

Hill, LM, Moody, J, Gottfredson, NC, Kajula, LJ, Pence, BW, Go, VF, and Maman, S. "Peer norms moderate the association between mental health and sexual risk behaviors among young men living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania." Social Science & Medicine (1982) 196 (January 2018): 77-85. Full Text

Moody, J, Adams, J, and Morris, M. "Epidemic potential by sexual activity distributions." Network science (Cambridge University Press) 5.4 (December 2017): 461-475. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hill, LM, Gottfredson, NC, Kajula, LJ, Pence, BW, Go, VF, Moody, J, and Maman, S. "Changes in Anxiety and Depression Symptoms Predict Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young Men Living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania." AIDS and behavior (November 22, 2017). Full Text

Edelmann, A, Moody, J, and Light, R. "Disparate foundations of scientists' policy positions on contentious biomedical research." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.24 (June 2017): 6262-6267. Full Text


., . "Social Capital and Social Networks." Ed. Paxton, P and Moody, J. American Behavioral Scientist (2009). (Special Issue)

Moody, J, and Mucha, P. "Towards an Intellectual Atlas of Scholars@Duke." Scholars@Duke Data Visualization Challenge. January 18, 2017 - January 20, 2017. Technology Engagement Center, Duke University. Duke Research Computing. Open Access Copy

Moody, J. "How many Americans know a service member?." (2011). (Scholarly Commentary)

Paxton, P, and Moody, J. "Social Capital and Social Networks." American Behavioral Scientist (2008).

Bearman, PS, Moody, J, and Stovel, K. "The Add Health Network Variable Codebook." (2006): 35 pp-35 pp.

Moody, J, and Leathey, E. "Network Foundations for the Diffusions of Innovations." (2005). (Scholarly Commentary)