Intro to Social Network Theory

Instruction by Michael Heaney

(duration: 3h)

This workshop is intended for those who have no prior exposure to social network theory. It begins with basic concepts—e.g., nodes, links, graphs, modes, reciprocity, triadic closure, balance, centrality, homophily, brokerage, multiplexity—and then moves on to their application to the study of politics.

The goal of the workshop is to give newcomers to social networks a vocabulary that will facilitate their further study of the subject.

What you will need

  • No special requirements

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About the instructor

Michael T. Heaney is Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research analyzes networks of interest groups, social movements, and political parties. With Fabio Rojas, he is co-author of Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11 (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2015). More information about Michael is available here.

Dates and Deadlines
April 1, 2014:
Workshop and presentation acceptance deadline
May 2, 2014:
Last day for early registration
May 28-30, 2014:
Workshops to be held
May 29-31, 2014:
Conference talks and panels