Lorien Jasny's research centers on two related themes – the structure and dynamics of inter-organizational networks, and the structure and dynamics of belief networks. Substantively, she is interested in how people try to bring about societal change in response to environmental concerns. Methodologically, the need to grapple with these often complex phenomena requires the use and development of techniques for handling dynamic and relational data. Her training in network analysis, simulation and statistical modeling techniques, is a key tool for responding to the challenge of studying complex social systems. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.
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Philip Leifeld's research focuses on the analysis of political networks, with applications in environmental politics and other policy domains. He has recently been working on the implementation of new statistical and computational techniques for understanding the dynamics inherent in complex systems such as policy debates, political-environmental interaction, and legislative activity. He is developing extensions of exponential random graph models and social influence regression models.
Philip's work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Statistical Software and other journals. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag, ETH domain) in Zurich, Switzerland. More information can be found on his website: www.philipleifeld.de.
Jaime Kucinskas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College. Her research interests span social movements, organizational and cultural change, sociology of religion, and inequality. Her work centers on how people mobilize for -- as well as resist -- change within and across organizations and fields. She also studies spiritual experiences across different settings. She is the author of The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the Inside Out (forthcoming Oxford University Press). Kucinskas has also published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Sociology of Religion.