John Levi Martin

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John Levi Martin
Born June 25, 1964
New York City, New York
Fields Sociology
Institutions University of Chicago
Alma mater Wesleyan University (B.A.)
University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor Ann Swidler
Other academic advisors Mike Hout
Known for cultural sociology, cognitive sociology, political sociology, sociological theory
Notable awards ASA Theory Prize for Outstanding Book 2010, 2012

John Levi Martin (born 1964) is an American sociologist and the Florence Borchert Bartling Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of two books Social Structures, The Explanation of Social Action, both of which won the Theory Prize for Outstanding Book from the ASA's Theory Section,[1] and DAMN (Dyadic Analysis of Multiple Networks) and ELLA (Every-gal-and-guy’s Latent Lattice Analyser).

Early life and education[edit]

Martin studied at Wesleyan University and received a BA in sociology and English in 1987. While there he was influenced by notable political sociologist Herbert Hyman who died in 1985, and Martin received the Herbert Hyman prize for undergraduate sociology for his thesis: The Epistemology of Fundamentalism. He then attended the University of California - Berkeley, where he received a MA in 1990 and a PhD in 1997. His dissertation committee was Ann Swidler (Chair), Mike Hout, James Wiley, John Wilmoth. It was titled Power Structure and Belief Structure in Forty American Communes, and used the Urban Commune Data Set.[2]

Areas of activity[edit]

John Levi Martin's current main areas of interest are field theory, social structures, and party formation. His previous work has been on classical theory, historical changes in sexual decision making and the economy, the shaping of belief systems, the use of racism as a valid conceptual category in American sociology, the relationship between interpersonal power and attributions of sexiness, methods for the analysis of qualitative data, political psychology, and the division of labor in Busytown.

Selected works[edit]

  • 1998: "Structures of Power in Naturally Occurring Communities". - Social Networks. - 20. - pp. 197–225.
  • 1999: "Entropic Measures of Belief System Constraint". - Social Science Research. - 28. - pp. 111–134.
  • 1999: (with James Wiley) - "Algebraic Representations of Beliefs and Attitudes: Partial Order Models for Item Responses". - Sociological Methodology. 29. - pp. 113–146.
  • 1999: "A General Permutation-Based QAP Analysis for Dyadic Data from Multiple Groups". - Connections. - 22. - pp. 50–60.
  • 2002: "Some Algebraic Structures for Diffusion in Social Networks". - Journal of Mathematical Sociology. 26. - pp. 123–146.
  • 2003: "What is Field Theory?". - American Journal of Sociology. 109. - pp. 1–49.
  • 2009: Social Structures. - Princeton University Press.
  • 2011: The Explanation of Social Action. - Oxford University Press.