Mark Hoffman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) at Stanford University. His research lies at the intersetion of social network analysis, history, and computational social science. His current projects include a large-scale study of the civility of public Facebook conversations in the lead up to the 2016 election, a social-historical analysis of the emergence and diffusion of mathematics through European intellectual networks in the 18th century, and a study of how new styles and subgenres of the novel emerged through the co-evolution of reading and writing habits of American authors at the beginning of the 20th century. Linking these different projects is an interest in how social networks shape the production, consumption, and diffusion of language.
Hoffman's work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,Poetics,and Sociological Science.His paper, "The (Protestant) Bible, the (printed) sermon, and the word(s)", received the Distinguished Article Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on The Sociology of Religion.
Hoffman joins Stanford having completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia University. He received his B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy from NYU Abu Dhabi.