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

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

Pathways to Health and Well-Being:Social Networks of Orphaned and Abandoned Youth awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2012 to 2016

Using Multiple Data Sources to Improve Respondent Driven Sampling Estimation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Simulation Models for Diffusion over Multirelational Dynamic Networks awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Research Agreement for Analysis of the Canadian Registry of Lobbyist Database awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014

Weak Social Ties: Quantification, Metrics and Modeling awarded by Army Research Office (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2012


Moody, James, et al. “Epidemic potential by sexual activity distributions..” Network Science (Cambridge University Press), vol. 5, no. 4, Dec. 2017, pp. 461–75. Epmc, doi:10.1017/nws.2017.3. Full Text Open Access Copy

Edelmann, Achim, et al. “Disparate foundations of scientists' policy positions on contentious biomedical research..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 114, no. 24, June 2017, pp. 6262–67. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1613580114. Full Text

Shi, Ying, and James Moody. “Most Likely to Succeed: Long-Run Returns to Adolescent Popularity..” Social Currents, vol. 4, no. 1, Feb. 2017, pp. 13–33. Epmc, doi:10.1177/2329496516651642. Full Text

Smith, Jeffrey A., et al. “Network sampling coverage II: The effect of non-random missing data on network measurement..” Social Networks, vol. 48, Jan. 2017, pp. 78–99. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2016.04.005. Full Text

Sinkovits, Robert S., et al. “Fast determination of structurally cohesive subgroups in large networks..” Journal of Computational Science, vol. 17, no. Pt 1, Nov. 2016, pp. 62–72. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jocs.2016.10.005. Full Text

Dupre, Matthew E., et al. “Place-Based Initiatives to Improve Health in Disadvantaged Communities: Cross-Sector Characteristics and Networks of Local Actors in North Carolina..” Am J Public Health, vol. 106, no. 9, Sept. 2016, pp. 1548–55. Pubmed, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303265. Full Text

Kreager, Derek A., et al. “Friends First? The Peer Network Origins of Adolescent Dating..” Journal of Research on Adolescence : The Official Journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence, vol. 26, no. 2, June 2016, pp. 257–69. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jora.12189. Full Text

Yamanis, Thespina J., et al. “Young Men's Social Network Characteristics and Associations with Sexual Partnership Concurrency in Tanzania..” Aids and Behavior, vol. 20, no. 6, June 2016, pp. 1244–55. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10461-015-1152-5. Full Text

Moody, James, and Richard A. Benton. “Interdependent effects of cohesion and concurrency for epidemic potential..” Annals of Epidemiology, vol. 26, no. 4, Apr. 2016, pp. 241–48. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2016.02.011. Full Text

Keister, Lisa A., et al. “Lifestyles through Expenditures: A Case-Based Approach to Saving..” Sociological Science, vol. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 650–84. Epmc, doi:10.15195/v3.a28. Full Text Open Access Copy