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Paul J. DiMaggio

Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 1979 (Sociology), Harvard University; M.A. 1977 (Sociology), Harvard University; B.A. with honors (1971), Swarthmore College

Office Address: 

Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

By appointment only.

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Culture; Social Structure; Media and Inequality

Curriculum Vitae


Paul DiMaggio is Professor of Sociology.  He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. 

DiMaggio’s research interests include the formal and informal organization, the sociology of economic markets, social implications of information technology, and theory and methods in the sociology of culture.   Recent papers have addressed the impact of network externalities on social inequality, the effects of Internet use on wages, applications of topic models to the study of culture, and the emergence of cultural hierarchy in 19th-century Chicago.   Recent books include The Twentieth-First Century Firm: Changing Economic Organization in International Perspective (edited), Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the U.S. (edited with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly), and Organizzare la cultura: Imprenditoria, istitutzioni e beni culturali.  Current projects include analyses of heterogeneity in opinion data (with application to economic attitudes and nationalist sentiments in the U.S.; applications of machine-learning methods and sentiment analysis to the measurement of cultural change in societies and in formal organizations; and research on the impact of social networks on social inequality.

DiMaggio was previously Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he served as Graduate Director and Chair in the Sociology Department, directed the Center for the Study of Social Organization, and co-directed the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.  At Yale, he was a faculty member in Sociology and the School of Management, and directed the Program on Non-Profit Organizations.   He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science; has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; has held a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; and has received Princeton University’s Graduate Mentoring Prize. 

Updated on 03/02/2017