Prof. Harrison C. White

Harrison C. White

Giddings Professor of Sociology
Columbia University, New York (USA)

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Education: B.Sc. in Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D in Theoretical Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D in Sociology at Princeton University.

Research interests: Economic sociology; Mathematical sociology and mathematical modelling: combinatorial and algebraic models, stochastic system operation models, control (feedback) systems; Control processes through agency; Social network and discourse analyses; Sociolinguistics and discourse analysis; Social networks and entrepreneurial phenomena; Field studies and mathematical analyses of business firms and market operation; Sociology of art.

Present positions: Board of Advisory Editors, Poetics ● Memberships: National Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Awards and acknowledgments: A book dedicated to Professor White's contributions in Sociology: General sociology of Harrison C. White: Chaos and order in networks, by Reza Azarian, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 (, also sample chapter) ● Co-winner Zelizer Award for best book, Economic Sociology Section, ASA, 2004 ● Professor of the Year Award, 2002: Sociology Graduate Students of Columbia University ● Career Achievement Award, Mathematical Sociology section, American Sociological Association, August, 2002 ● Merit Award, Eastern Sociological Society, 1998 ● Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Chicago, 1998 ● ASA Stouffer Award in Metodology, 1975 ● Guggenheim Fellow, 1973.

Web resources on Professor White: White's page at Wikipedia ( ● The cultural turn at UC-SB: Instituting and Institutions, 4th annual interdisciplinary conference, 2003 ( ● Interview with Harrison White, A. MacLean and A. Olds, 2001 (


(2008) John W. Mohr, Harrison C. White. How to model an institution, Theory and Society (

(2004) Matthew S. Bothner, Toby E. Stuart, Harrison C. White, Status differentiation and the cohesion of social networks, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Vol. 28, 4 (

(2003) Harrison C. White, Businesses mobilize production through markets: Parametric modeling of path-dependent outcomes in network flows, Complexity, vol. 8, 1, pp. 87-95 (

(2001) Harrison C. White, Introduction, Ch. 1 of Markets from Networks, by H.C. White, Princeton University Press (

(2000) Harrison C. White, Parameterize: Notes on mathematical modeling in sociology. Sociological Theory 18, 505-509 (

(1995)Harrison C. White, Network switchings and Bayesian forks: Reconstructing the social and behavioral sciences, Social Research, 62, vol. 62, pp. 1035-63 (

(1976) Scott A. Boorman, Harrison C. White, Social structure from multiple networks. II. Role structures, The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 81, No. 6 (May), pp. 1384-1446 (

Working papers and drafts:

(2008) Harrison C. White, Frédéric C. Godard. Network stories and institution from Identity and Control (

(2008) Matthew S. Bothner, Edward Bishop Smith, Harrison C. White. A model of robust positions in social structure (

(2007) with Frédéric Godart and Victor Corona. Mobilizing identities: Uncertainty and control in strategy. Theory, Culture & Society (draft:

(2005) Harrison C. White, Social construction of flows: Price profiles across producers gear to market context upstream, downstream and cross-stream, ISERP Working Paper No. 2005-01 (

(2004) Harrison C. White, Production markets broker upstream to downstream, balancing their volume and quality sensitivities to firms through an oriented market profile of sign, ISERP Working Paper No. 2004-02 (

(2003) Harrison C. White, Innovation in style, revised and shortened version of Chapter 4, in Michael Hechter, Lynn Nadel, and Richard E. Michod (eds.), The Origin of Values, New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1993 (

(2002) Harrison C. White, Substitutability cross-stream between oriented markets: Conventions in the wine sector of France, ISERP Working Paper No. 2002-02 (

(2002) Harrison C. White. How businesses mobilize production through markets: Parametric modeling of path-dependent outcomes in network flows (

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