Diego F. Leal

Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of South Carolina

Department of Sociology
University of South Carolina
911 Pickens St., 
Sloan College, Rm. 216
Columbia, SC, 29208
leald [at] mailbox [dot] sc [dot] edu

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Ph.D., Sociology
University of Massachusetts
Amherst

M.A., Political Science, cum laude
Universidad de Los Andes
Bogotá

B.A., Political Science
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Bogotá

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.