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Joseph Quinn

I’m a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Duke University. I use quantitative and computational methods to explore how social cognition and network structures shape interactions between members of different groups.

My primary research interests consider beliefs about status, the conditions under which these beliefs emerge and change, and how they facilitate or constrain opportunities for particular groups. I also study intergroup dynamics and segregation in a variety of settings, from controlled laboratory conditions to organizations, neighborhoods, and digital venues.

Current projects of mine explore the content of teacher-student interactions after adolescents change schools in a residential mobility program, the role of status characteristics in shaping the opportunities available to creatives and professionals, and ways that organizational structure can facilitate meaningful intergroup contact. A portion of my research agenda involves methodological projects on both the survey items and computational approaches used to measure and model networks.

Before arriving at Duke, I worked as a technical researcher at MDRC in support of several large-scale program evaluations funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences, the US Department of Education, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, I taught physics at McKinley Technology High School in DC (go Trainers!) and volunteered as a research assistant at the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab in Baltimore.


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