Statement in Support of Professor Nicholas Christakis

As the Yale Sociology Department’s Senior Faculty, we write in the continued support of our colleague, Nicholas Christakis. Professor Christakis is a world-renowned scholar whose work has had a tremendous impact on the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Furthermore, his work on social networks, health, mortality, and inequality, as well as his dedication to helping underserved populations as a physician, have improved people’s lives. Professor Christakis is also a dedicated departmental citizen, teacher, and mentor. The undergraduate and graduate students under his supervision affirm the care he gives to them, and his Human Nature Lab is a supportive intellectual space for all who walk through its doors.

As we, the undersigned, acknowledge Professor Christakis’s scientific and collegial contributions, we also pledge to work together to address the inequalities, injustices and marginalization faced by many on this campus and beyond. And we call upon everyone to exercise patience and goodwill as we learn from each other and build community.

Julia Adams
Jeffrey Alexander
Elijah Anderson
Scott Boorman
Jim Baron
Paul Cleary
Deborah Davis
Ron Eyerman
Philip Gorski
Andrew Papachristos
Philip Smith
Olav Sorenson
Frederick Wherry


November 19, 2015
Professor Andrew Papachristos argues in a New York Times op-ed that network science can be used by law enforcement agencies to predict outbreaks of gun violence. Comparing...
November 17, 2015
Professor Emily Erikson has won the 2015 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award for her book Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757. The annual...
November 4, 2015
As we enter the fall our recent graduates are settling into their new roles at other universities or preparing to leave New Haven to take up new positions. We’d like to...
November 4, 2015
Sociology Chair Professor Philip Smith says, “Our ongoing job search at the Assistant Professor level provides the basis for a special talk series at the Department of...