prof. dr. Arnout van de Rijt
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Sociology and Institutions
Endowed by Institutions for Open Societies
Date of appointment 01.01.2016

Arnout van de Rijt is Professor of Sociology and Designated Chair for the UU strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. Van de Rijt leads the research line Computational Sociology at the Department of Sociology.

Van de Rijt received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2007 and worked until 2016 as Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University in the USA, where he co-led the Center for Computational Social Science.

His research interests include social network analysis and computational social science. His work on cumulative advantage investigates how small, random differences in early success between people can with time, through positive feedback, grow into large gaps between the successful and unsuccessful; and how a person or thing can remain highly popular when a less popular alternative is of higher quality. Van de Rijt’s work on social networks shows how large, complex network structures emerge as the by-product of many individuals’ decisions on whom to interact with and whom to avoid.

For his work van de Rijt received the Lynton Freeman (2010) and Raymond Boudon (2017) early career awards. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation. His papers have been published in such journals as PNASAmerican Sociological Review, and the American Journal of Sociology. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in various media, among which the Economist.


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Selected Publications


Arnout van de Rijt. 2018. "Self-Correcting Dynamics of Social Influence Bias." Conditionally accepted at American Journal of Sociology.


Arnout van de Rijt. 2018. “All-Sense-All Networks are Suboptimal for Sensorimotor Synchronization.” PLoS ONE 13(8): e0202056. pdf data&code


Thijs Bol, Mathijs de Vaan and Arnout van de Rijt. 2018. "The Matthew Effect in Science Funding." PNASpdf data&code  


Vincenz Frey and Arnout van de Rijt. 2016. “Arbitrary Inequality in Reputation Systems.” Nature Scientific Reports 6: 38304. pdf data&code 


Eran Shor, Arnout van de Rijt, Alex Miltsov, Vivek Kulkarni and Steven Skiena. 2015. “A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Female Names in Printed News Coverage.” American Sociological Review 80(5): 960-84. pdf Press: The GuardianYahooNPR WisconsinPacific StandardRAICIBL-FMFinancial ExpressBusiness StandardDaily Beast 


Damon Centola and Arnout van de Rijt. 2015. “Choosing Your Network: Social Preferences in an Online Health Community.” Social Science & Medicine 125: 19-31. pdf


Arnout van de Rijt, Soong Moon Kang, Michael Restivo and Akshay Patil. 2014. “Field Experiments of Success-Breeds-Success Dynamics.” PNAS 111(19):6934–39. pdf data&code Press: EconomistTimeNational GeographicWAMCDaily NewsDaily MailWorld NewsBusiness InsiderPhys.orgFT AlphavillePsychology Today.


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. pdf data&code Press: LA TimesNBC NewsToronto StarGlobe and MailYahoo NewsPacific StandardPolitiken (front page), U.S. News and World ReportPhillyLiveScience.comSmithsonianHindustan TimesUPIWinnipeg Free PressPsychCentralSalonJezebel


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, David Siegel, and Michael Macy. 2009. “Neighborhood Chance and Neighborhood Change: Comment on Bruch and Mare.” American Journal of Sociology 114(4):1166-80. code


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. pdf


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

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