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Arnout Van de Rijt

Professor in Sociology 

Arnout Van de RijtArnout van de Rijt joined the Department of Political and Social Sciences in September 2019. Van de Rijt received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2007 and worked until 2016 as Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, where he co-founded and -led the Center for Computational Social Science. Since 2016 he has been Professor of Sociology at Utrecht University. He is elected member of the European Academy of Sociology. Van de Rijt received the Lynton Freeman (2010) and Raymond Boudon (2017) early career awards.


Supervision interests: 

I welcome Ph.D. proposals that use quantitative methods to study questions in the broad research areas of cooperation and social inequality. I will particularly be able to add value to research that either involves computational social science -- internet experiments, social network analysis, large-scale text analysis, agent-based models -- or one way or another is concerned with endogenous forms of inequality formation, e.g. Matthew effects, cumulative advantage, rich-get-richer processes.

Graduate seminars that I teach can be found here

Research interests

Computational social science, social influence, social networks, rich-get-richer dynamics, and collective action

Policy applications:

Rich-get-richer effects in science funding, gender and racial inequality in new media, spread of fake news on the internet



Via dei Roccettini 9 
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI), Italy 
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 212 / 233 (Int. 2212)

Office: BF-179, Badia Fiesolana

Email: [email protected]

Administrative assistant: [email protected]


Office hours:

Mondays, 17:00-19:00

Please book your timeslot with [email protected]

Page last updated on 16 September 2019