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

Paxton, P, and Moody, J. "Structure and sentiment: Explaining emotional attachment to group." Social Psychology Quarterly 66.1 (January 1, 2003): 34-47. Full Text

Moody, J, and White, DR. "Structural cohesion and embeddedness: A hierarchical concept of social groups." American Sociological Review 68.1 (January 1, 2003): 103-127. Full Text

Moody, J. "The importance of relationship timing for diffusion." Social Forces 81.1 (January 1, 2002): 25-56. Full Text

Bearman, P, Moody, J, and Faris, R. "Networks and history." Complexity 8.1 (January 1, 2002): 61-71. Full Text

Moody, J. "Peer influence groups: Identifying dense clusters in large networks." Social Networks 23.4 (October 1, 2001): 261-283. Full Text

Moody, J. "Race, school integration, and friendship segregation in America." American Journal of Sociology 10.3 (January 1, 2001): 679-716. Full Text

Diaz, A, Lieberman, D, and Romney, SL. "Access to health care for adolescents." JAMA 283.16 (April 2000): 2101-2102. (Letter) Full Text

Renzulli, LA, Aldrich, H, and Moody, J. "Family Matters: Gender, Networks, and Entrepreneurial Outcomes." Social Forces 79.2 (January 1, 2000): 523-546. Full Text

Bearman, P, Faris, R, and Moody, J. "Blocking the future: New solutions for old problems in historical social science." Social Science History 23.4 (December 1, 1999): 501-533. (Review)

Ford, CA, Bearman, PS, and Moody, J. "Foregone health care among adolescents." JAMA 282.23 (December 1999): 2227-2234. Full Text