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I am a sociologist at the University of Oregon exploring how people are connected to one another and conditions or actions that keep us apart.

My research focuses on culture, science, and social networks. I have been working on projects that deal with a variety of substantive issues including the relational structure of workplace racial discrimination, power and justice in conditions of extreme disadvantage, the organization of research on same-sex parenting and HIV/AIDS research, and text modeling, such as topic and network-text models. My work is increasingly influenced by advances in computational social science.

I have recently taught undergraduate courses on the sociology of culture, sociology of science, research methods and sociological theory. I also teach graduate-level courses on research methods and social networks.

Contact Ryan Light:

Email: light-ampersat-uoregon.edu

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