Faculty Mentors

McLean Paul

Professor Paul McLean is interested in the ways culture and social networks intersect.  His book Culture in Networks (Polity Press, 2017) provides an overview of the culture-networks link across a variety of interfaces, including diffusion, social movement mobilization, clientage structures, topic modelling, the formation of tastes, and social media usage.  He previously studied political patronage and economic networks in Renaissance Florenceā€”e.g., in his book, The Art of the Network (Duke UP, 2007), and in articles in the Journal of Modern History and the European Journal of Sociology.  He has recently written on the theme of chance in Florence and on the micro-dynamics of strategic action in social networks, and has been coding archival data for a book on the network structure of the Florentine economy over time.  Other research interests include the political organization of Poland in the eighteenth century, the social theory of Adam Smith, networking dynamics and career trajectories in academia, and the organization of videogame play.  He regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology and occasionally courses in social theory for Sociology majors.


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