Marissa King

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Professor of Management and Sociology
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2008
B.A., Reed College, 2002
Areas of Interest: 
Social Networks; Health, Medicine, and Biosocial Interactions; Economic Sociology and Organizations.
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Marissa King is an Professor in the School of Management with a secondary appointment in Sociology. Professor King’s current research examines patterns of antidepressant, stimulant, and antipsychotic utilization. In general, her research analyzes the spatial and temporal dimensions of innovation and diffusion. To understand how large-scale phenomena arise from local behavior, she has studied cases ranging from the rise in autism prevalence during the past decade to the organizational foundations of the antislavery movement in the late 19th century. Of central interest is how regulatory environments shape diffusion processes. Professor King received her BA from Reed College and her PhD from Columbia University. Her research appears in journals such as American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Administrative Science Quarterly.

Achievements and Awards

Elliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology, 2011
Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology, 2009
Alex Inkeles Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, 2007

Selected Articles

“Socioeconomic Status and the Increased Prevalence of Autism in California,” American Sociological Review, forthcoming

“Changing Age of Diagnosis for Autism: Individual and Community Factors Across Ten Birth Cohorts” (with C. Fountain and P. Bearman), Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, forthcoming 

“Social Influence and the Increased Prevalence of Autism Diagnosis” (with K. Liu and P. Bearman), American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 115, 1387-1434, 2010 

“The Spatial Structure of Autism in California” (with S. Mazumadar, K. Liu, and N. Zerubavel), Health and Place, Vol. 16, 539-546, 2009 

“Estimating Autism Risk in a Time of Increasing Reproductive Age” (with C. Fountain, D. Dakhlallah, and P. Bearman), American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 99, 1673-1579, 2009 

“Diagnostic Change and the Increase Prevalence of Autism” (with P. Bearman), International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 38, 1224-1234, 2009

“Social Movements and Organizational Forms: Agrarian Protest and Cooperative Alternatives to Corporate Hierarchies in Three American Industries” (with M. Schneiberg and T. Smith), American Sociological Review, Vol. 73, No. 4, 2008

“Antislavery in America: The Press, the Post, and the Pulpit, 1790-1840” (with H. Haveman), Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 3, 2008

“Cooptation or Cooperation?: The Role of Transnational Activists in the Zapatista Movement,” Sociological Focus, Vol. 37, 269-286, 2004