Prof. Ronald L. Breiger

Ronald L. Breiger

Professor of Sociology
University of Arizona (USA)

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Education: A.B. Brandeis; PhD at Harvard University.

Research interests: Sociological theory; Quantitative methodology; Objects and methods of cultural analysis; Social networks and research methods in social network analysis; Mathematical models, theory. measurement issues; Cultural and institutional analysis; Stratification and mobility; Sociology of rights, justice, and law.

Present positions: Directors’ Fellow, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy ( ● Board of Advisory Editors, Poetics.

Awards and acknowledgments: 2005 George Simmel Award, International Network for Social Network Analysis (


(Moslty available at Professor Breiger's web page:

(2005) R.L. Breiger, Ethical dilemmas in social network research: Introduction to special issue. Social Networks 27/2: 89 - 93 (

(2004) John Sonnett and Ronald Breiger, How relational methods matter. Culture 19/1: 1, 8-10 (preprint:

(2003)   Ronald Breiger, Kathleen Carley, and Philippa Pattison (editors), Dynamic social network modeling and analysis: Workshop summary and papers. National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council, Committee on Human Factors.  Washington, DC: National Academies Press (

(2002) Philippa E. Pattison and R.L. Breiger, Lattices and dimensional representations: Matrix decompositions and ordering structures. Social Networks 24: 423-444 (

(2002) R.L. Breiger, Poststructuralism in organizational studies. In Michael Lounsbury and Marc J. Ventresca, eds., Social Structure and Organizations Revisited. Research in the Sociology of Organizations (JAI Press / Elsevier Science), vol. 19, 295-305 (

(2002) R.L. Breiger, Writing (and quantifying) sociology. In Jonathan Monroe, ed., Writing and Revising the Disciplines. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, pp. 90-112 (preprint:

(2000) David Stark, Szabolcs Kemeny, and R.L. Breiger, Postsocialist portfolios: Network strategies in the shadow of the state." Hungarian Journal Közgazdasági Szemle, 47: 393-405 (Part I) and 47: 430-445 (Part II) (manuscript:

(2000) R.L. Breiger, A tool kit for practice theory. Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts 27: 91-115 (

(1999) Shin-Kap Han and R.L. Breiger, Dimensions of corporate social capital: Toward models and measures. Pp. 118-133 in Roger Th.A.J. Leenders and Shaul M. Gabbay, eds., Corporate Social Capital and Liability. Boston, Kluwer (

(1998) R.L. Breiger and John M. Roberts, Jr., Solidarity and social networks. Pp. 239-262 in Patrick Doreian and Thomas Fararo, eds., The Problem of Solidarity: Theory and Models. Amsterdam: Gordon and Breach (

(1995) R.L. Breiger, Social structure and the phenomenology of attainment. Annual Review of Sociology 21: 115-136 (

(1976) Harrison C. White, Scott A. Boorman, and Ronald L. Breiger, Social structure from multiple networks. I: Blockmodels of roles and positions, American Journal of Sociology, volume 81 ((

Working papers and drafts:

(2009) R.L. Breiger, On the duality of cases and variables: Correspondence Analysis (CA) and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Pp. 243-59 in David Byrne and Charles C. Ragin (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Methods (draft:

(2005) R.L. Breiger, Culture and classification in markets: An introduction. Poetics 33 (3-4) (draft:

(2005) Yanjie Bian, Ronald Breiger, Deborah Davis, and Joseph Galaskiewicz, Occupation, class, and social networks in urban China (draft:

(2005) R.L. Breiger, Culture and classification in markets: An introduction (draft:

(2004) R.L. Breiger, The analysis of social networks, in M. Hardy and A. Bryman (eds.), Handbook of Data Analysis,. Pp. 505-526, Sage Publications (excerpts from draft:

(1974) Ronald L. Breiger, Scott A. Boorman and Phipps Arabie, An algorithm for blocking relational data, with applications to social network analysis and comparison with multidimensional scaling (Technical report:

(----)Ray-May Hsung, Ronald Breiger, Relation-specific social resources and their explanation: Comparison among Taiwan, China and United States (

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