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Craig Rawlings

Associate Professor of Instruction

Area(s) of Interest

Social Network Analysis; Sociology of Organizations; Social Psychology; Culture


Craig Rawlings is Associate Professor of Instruction in sociology. He also teaches in the Business Institutions Program (BIP). Prior to coming to Northwestern, he taught sociology at UC-Santa Barbara, and was a postdoctoral fellow in advanced quantitative methods at Stanford University. His research interests concern social network analysis and other formal approaches to analyzing social influence, group dynamics, and social cohesion. He has developed theories in these areas based on studies of multidisciplinary research collaborations, the status-based organizational differentiation of credentials, the emergence of contemporary African art in the New York fine art market, interpersonal sentiments among commune members, gender sorting in college majors in US higher education, and romantic bonding in heterosexual speed-dates.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 110: Introduction to Sociology Syllabus
SOCIOL 302: Sociology of Organizations Syllabus

Select Publications

2017. Rawlings, Craig M., and Noah E. Friedkin. “The Structural Balance Theory of Sentiment Networks: Elaboration and Test.” The American Journal of Sociology 123(3):510-48.

2015. Rawlings, Craig M., Daniel McFarland, Linus Dahlander, and Dan Wang. “Streams of Thought: Knowledge Flows and Intellectual Cohesion in a Multidisciplinary Era.” Social Forces 93:1687-1722.

2014. Mohr, John W., and Craig M. Rawlings. “Formal Methods of Cultural Analysis.” In James D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier.

2013. Daniel McFarland, Dan Jurafsky, and Craig M. Rawlings. “Making the Connection: Social Bonding in Courtship Situations” American Journal of Sociology118: 1596-1649.
Winner of the 2015 Roger Gould Prize for the best article published in the AJS from the past two years.

2011. Rawlings, Craig M., and Daniel McFarland. “Influence Flows in the Academy: Using Affiliation Networks to Assess Peer Effects among Researchers.”Social Science Research 40: 1001-17.

2011. Mohr, John W., and Craig M. Rawlings.“Four Ways to Measure Culture: Social Science, Hermeneutics, and the Cultural Turn.” In The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology (Jeffrey Alexander, Ronald Jacobs, and Phillip Smith, Eds.). New York: Oxford University Press.

2010. McFarland, Daniel, David Diehl and Craig M. Rawlings. “Methodological Transactionalism and the Sociology of Education.” In Frontiers of the Sociology of Education (Maureen T. Hallinan, Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing.

2010. Mohr, John W., and Craig M. Rawlings. “Formal Models of Culture.” In A Handbook of Cultural Sociology (John Hall, Laura Grindstaff, Ming-cheng Lo, Eds.). New York: Routledge Press.

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