Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, I'm an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina.
In my research I apply systems science methods, particularly network analysis and agent-based models, to the study of international migration and network-based inequalities. I study Latin American societies in several of my papers. Some of my published (or forthcoming) work includes a longitudinal study on the relationship between ego network diversity and health in the US, an agent-based model on network reciprocity and cooperation, an analysis of the meaning and definition of friendship among Latina/o adolescents in the US, a comparative analysis of migration dynamics between countries in the Andean Region and Spain, a paper on the emergence of novel protest tactics in Bogotá, and a paper on network inequalities in access to pro bono publico legal services in the US.
I'm currently working on projects related to the network dynamics of place-to-place migration flows in the Americas and around the globe, the study of feminized migration flows, the Venezuelan diaspora, a comparison of cultural and network brokerage processes and their impact on the diffusion of innovations, and on ego network dynamics of smoking cessation among adults in the US.
© 2014. Diego F. Leal