I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago, specializing in social networks, culture, organizational analysis, and education. I also spend a good chunk of time developing statistical and mathematical techniques for analyzing relational data.

Two general questions guide my research: What are the mechanisms underlying cohesion in complex social systems? How do the emergence and dynamics of status hierarchies vary across different group contexts?

My research page describes some of my ongoing work, including my dissertation. It examines how adolescents relate to their immediate peer group and broader student community as sites for social comparison and approval. Specifically, I focus on psychological well-being and the congruity of romantic/sexual ideals with behavior and peer expectations. Other work (past and present) addresses social cognition, political ideology, algebraic models for sequence data, and latent trait models for social network data.

You can reach me by e-mail: murphyj-at-uchicago.edu.