Event Calendar

Christopher Bail @ Coleman Room, Mergenthaler Hall 526
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Hopkins Population Center / Sociology / IDIES Co-Sponsored Seminar

“Filter Bubbles, Identity, and Culture: Three Field Experiments on Social Media”

Chris Bail is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke and the director of the Polarization Lab. His research examines political polarization, culture and social psychology using tools from the  field of computational social science (e.g. digital trace data from social media sites, automated text analysis, and machine learning)

Chris is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Carnegie Fellowship, and numerous awards from scholarly associations. His work has been published by The New York Times, Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Sociological Review, and other leading publications. Funding for his work has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research has also been covered by major media outlets such as the New York TimesNBC News, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the BBC.

Chris is the Editor of the Oxford University Press Series in Computational Social Science and the co-founder of the Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science, which are free training events designed to introduce junior scholars to the field that are held concurrently in seven universities around the world each year. Chris also serves on the Advisory Council to the National Science Foundation’s Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, and helped create Duke’s Interdisciplinary Data Science Program.

Andrew Perrin @ Coleman Room, Mergenthaler Hall 526
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Dr. Andrew Perrin is a professor of sociology and has been a member of the Carolina faculty since 2001. An accomplished and interdisciplinary scholar, he has conducted research on the cultural sociology of democracy, health messages in children’s movies and translations of postwar Frankfurt School theory, among other work.

As a professor of sociology specializing in research on the value of humanities scholarship and education for democratic citizenship, he brings a unique set of skills to support arts and humanities faculty across a spectrum of departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. Perrin was a faculty fellow in 2007 and 2016 and completed the Academic Leadership Program in 2010. He was a member of the IAH Faculty Advisory Board, the IAH external review committee, the Weil Lecture Selection Committee and the Johnston Prize Selection Committee.

From 2016-2019, Perrin chaired the committee overseeing the General Education Curriculum revision, which resulted in the IDEAs in Action curriculum. In addition, he has served as director of the Carolina Seminars since 2014, increasing both the number and scope of these interdisciplinary seminars, and he revived the Douglass Hunt lecture series. He has served on Faculty Council, the Educational Policy Committee and the Faculty Athletics Committee, among other duties in service to Carolina.

To view Perrin’s sociology website, please click the link here. 

Max Besbris @ Coleman Room, Mergenthaler Hall 526
Mar 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Max Besbris is An Assistant Professor at Rice University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in 2017. Before starting graduate school, he worked at UCSF and Google and received B.A.s in Sociology and Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

His research examines how individuals make decisions in organizations and economic markets, how these decisions are influenced by interaction with others, and how these decisions reproduce existing demographic and geographic inequalities. His book, Market Makers (under contract with the University of Chicago Press) investigates how people choose where to live and how much to spend in the housing market. Drawing on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork analyzing interactions between real estate agents and prospective homebuyers, Market Makers presents an in-depth account of the social influences that come together during the sales process. The book offers a new perspective on markets, revealing how intermediaries like real estate agents set the terms for our most important economic decisions.

Max’s work has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.