Austin van Loon

Stanford Sociology PhD Candidate

My research centers around meaning: how we make it, how we come to (dis)agree on it, how it shapes what we do, and how it shapes what we get. My primary areas of interest are social psychology, the sociology of culture, organizational sociology, and economic sociology. I have substantive interests in political polarization, organizational culture, and workplace inequalities. The long-term aim of my research is to help us better the functioning of the worlds' democracies and make workplaces both more productive and more equitable for historically disadvantaged groups. I use a broad range of tools to do my research, including: automated text analysis, machine learning, network analysis, experiments, and observational causal inference. Head to my research page to learn more about what I've been up to. Check out my teaching page and my GitHub page for material I have used to teach statistics, network analysis, text analysis, and workplace inequalities.

I am a member of the Computational Culture Lab, a member of the Polarization and Social Change Lab (PaSCL), and an alumnus of the 2019 Princeton Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS). I am a Stanford Ric Weiland fellow and have received additional funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Lab for Social Research (LSR), as well as the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). My work has been published in Social Science Research, American Behavioral Scientist, EMNLP, ICWSM, PLoS ONE and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Please feel free to reach out to me at my email:

avanloon [at] stanford [dot] edu