Arnout van de Rijt

Ph.D., Cornell
Associate Professor of Sociology

Curriculum Vitae



arnout dot vanderijt at stonybrook dot edu


Tel: (+1) 631-632-7704

Fax: (+1) 631-632-8203



Department of Sociology

Stony Brook University

100 Nicolls Road / SBS Bldg S-423

Stony Brook, NY 11794



Recent grants:


National Science Foundation. 2013. Single P.I. on regular grant. $274,769. “Field Experiments and Formal Models of Arbitrary Social Inequality.”


National Science Foundation. 2013. P.I. on dissertation improvement grant for Michael Restivo. $5,781. “Group Diversity and Knowledge Production.”



Selected articles:


Eran Shor, Arnout van de Rijt, Alex Miltsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena. “A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Females in Printed News Coverage.” American Sociological Review, conditionally accepted.


Arnout van de Rijt, Soong Moon Kang, Michael Restivo and Akshay Patil. 2014. “Field Experiments of Success-Breeds-Success Dynamics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(19): 6934-9. Press: Economist, Time, Daily News, Daily Mail, National Geographic, World News, Business Insider,, FT Alphaville


Arnout van de Rijt, Eran Shor, Charles Ward and Steven Skiena. 2013. “Only Fifteen Minutes? The Social Stratification of Fame in Printed Media.” American Sociological Review 78(2): 266-89. Press: LA Times, NBC News, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Yahoo News, Pacific Standard, Politiken (front page), U.S. News and World Report, Philly,, Smithsonian, Hindustan Times, UPI, Winnipeg Free Press, PsychCentral, Salon, Jezebel -- podcast replication file pdf


Michael Restivo and Arnout van de Rijt. 2012. “Experimental Study of Informal Rewards in Peer Production.” PLoS ONE 7(3): e34358. pdf


Arnout van de Rijt. 2011. "The Micro-Macro Link for the Theory of Structural Balance." Journal of Mathematical Sociology 35(1): 94-113. pdf


Arnout van de Rijt, Michael W. Macy, and David Siegel. 2009. "Comment: Neighborhood Chance and Neighborhood Change". American Journal of Sociology 114(4):1166-80. replication files pdf


Vincent Buskens and Arnout van de Rijt. 2008. “Dynamics of Networks if Everyone Strives for Structural Holes.” American Journal of Sociology 114(2):371-407. Discussed on This paper received the 2009 Best Article Award from the European Academy of Sociology and an honorary mention in the 2009 ASA Math. Soc. Best Article competition. Related work with Robb Willer earned the 2004 ASA Math. Soc. Graduate Student Best Paper Award. pdf

Arnout van de Rijt and Michael W. Macy. 2006. "Power and Dependence in Intimate Exchange." Social Forces 84(3):1455-70. pdf


Undergraduate courses regularly taught:    Research Methods


Graduate courses regularly taught:              Network Analysis, Advanced Statistics