Neha Gondal

I am an assistant professor in the department of sociology and a founding member of the faculty of computing and data sciences at Boston University.

My primary research interests lie in exploring the relationship between social networks and culture and its role in the production and maintenance of social inequalities. I employ cutting edge statistical techniques for modeling social networks including varieties of exponential random graph models (ERGM) and agent-based modeling (ABM) to study diverse contexts such as elite consolidation through money-lending ties in Renaissance Florence, inequalities in academic communities evident in citation and hiring networks, and the clustering of unhealthy outcomes in Boston’s public housing developments. Even though each context presents distinctive characteristics, I find two types of intertwined mechanisms to be common to the creation of a variety of social networks: (1) cultural heuristics such as identity or cognition and (2) stratifying tendencies such as a desire to connect to popular actors or to maintain exclusivity in interactions. My most recent CV can be found here.

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Fuhse, J. A., & Gondal, N. 2022. Networks from culture: mechanisms of tie-formation follow institutionalized rules in social fields. Social Networks.

Gondal, Neha. 2022. “Multiplexity as a Lens to Investigate the Cultural Meanings of Interpersonal Ties” Social Networks 68, 209-217.

Gondal, Neha. 2018. “Duality of departmental specializations and PhD exchange: A Weberian analysis of status in interaction using multilevel exponential random graph models (mERGM).” Social Networks 55, 202-212.

Gondal, Neha. 2015. "Inequality Preservation through Uneven Diffusion of Cultural Materials across Stratified Groups." Social Forces 93, 3: 1109-37.

McLean, Paul and Neha Gondal. 2014. “The Circulation of Interpersonal Credit in Renaissance Florence.” European Journal of Sociology 55, 2:135-176.

Gondal, Neha and Paul D. McLean. 2013. “What Makes a Network Go Round? Exploring the Structure of a Strong Component with Exponential Random Graph Models.” Social Networks 35, 4: 499-513.

Gondal, Neha and Paul D. McLean. 2013. “Linking Tie-Meaning with Network Structure: Variable Connotations of Personal Lending in a Multiple-Network Ecology.” Poetics 41,2: 122-50.

Gondal, Neha. 2012. “Who ‘fills in’ for Siblings and how? A Multilevel Analysis of Personal Network Composition and its Relationship to Sibling Size.” Sociological Forum 27, 3:732-55.

Gondal, Neha. 2011. “The Local and Global Structure of Knowledge Production in an Emergent Research Field: An Exponential Random Graph Analysis.” Social Networks 33, 1: 20-30.