Social Networks in Political Science: Hiring and Placement of PhDs, 1960-2002

PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 40, No. 4, October 2007

27 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2007

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James H. Fowler

UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences; University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health

Bernard Grofman

University of California, Irvine - Department of Politics and Society

Natalie Masuoka

Tufts University

Abstract

Drawing on recent methodological advances, we examine the social network of political science department placements. This network permits us to estimate simultaneously 1) how well departments place their own students and 2) how effective they are in hiring students from other institutions. Using data collected by Masuoka, Grofman and Feld (2006a, b) on U.S. Ph.D. granting institutions, we provide visualizations of the connectivity among 132 departments as a social network graph in which core and periphery departments can be identified. We also show how this network has changed over time. The new social network measures conform closely to qualitative expert rankings and show that a department's placement record contributes more to its prestige than a department's ability to hire and retain faculty from core institutions.

Suggested Citation

Fowler, James H. and Grofman, Bernard and Masuoka, Natalie, Social Networks in Political Science: Hiring and Placement of PhDs, 1960-2002. PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 40, No. 4, October 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008028

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University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health ( email )

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Bernard Grofman

University of California, Irvine - Department of Politics and Society ( email )

Irvine, CA 92697-5100
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Natalie Masuoka

Tufts University ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

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