Diego F. Leal

Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at UMass - Amherst

Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
200 Hicks Way, 
Thompson Hall, Office 812
Amherst, MA, 01003
dleal [at] umass [dot] edu

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June 26th, 2017

My review of the book Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil by Tianna S. Paschel is now in the Mobilizing Ideas blog, a production of The Center for The Study of Social Movements at the Universty of Notre Dame. Check the review here!


June 8th, 2017

I just came back from the amazing 10th conference of the International Network of Analytical Sociologists at the University of Oslo. I presented results based on an agent-based diffusion model I developed as part of the first chapter of my dissertation. Tusen Takk, Oslo!!


June 5th, 2017

I was elected as the student representative of the Mathematical Sociology section at ASA. You can see the section's website here. Looking forward to start my term at this year's ASA meeting in Montreal!


May 23rd, 2017

Today I defended my dissertation prospectus: Three Essays on Network Dynamics and Liminality. Many many thanks to the committee members: James A. Kitts (chair), Joya Misra, Mark C. Pachucki, and Justin H. Gross (outside member, Political Science). I'm officially ABD :)!


January 17th, 2017

I was invited to participate in the Young Scholars Conference, and event hosted by the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame on March 31st., 2017. I will be presenting my work in-progress on disruptive tactics in Bogotá, Colombia!


August 22nd, 2016

I presented my collaborative work on gender and reproductive labor migration in Asia at the ASA 111th annual meeting in Seattle (a wonderful city, by the way!!). Many thanks to my collaborators Joya Misra and Ragini Malhotra for their encouragement and support.


July 11th, 2016

I defended my second (and last) comprehensive exam today!!! Thanks to the committee members: James A. Kitts (Chair), Tony Paik (Member), and Sancha Medwinter (Member). Next milestone: dissertation prospectus.


June 1st, 2016

I was awarded an article preparation fellowship by the Sociology department at UMass. I will be fine-tuning my most recent sole-authored manuscript in order to submit it soon to a peer-reviewed sociology journal!


March 3rd, 2016

I'm very happy to announce that my paper with Ragini S. Malhotra and Joya Misra was just accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sociology. This is a paper on migration, gender and reproductive labor in Asia. Feel free to see the article and a very nice set of circular plots I produced!


January 2nd, 2016

My article with James Kitts, Will Felps, Thomas Jones and Shawn Berman on network reciprocity and cooperation among organizations was just accepted for publication in the multidisciplinary journal PLoS ONE. If you want to check out a very cool agent-based model, click here!


September 26th, 2015

ALACS and Friends (association of graduate latin@ students at UMass) will be meeting to stand in solidarity with the families of the 43 disappeared students of the rural school of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero (Mexico). Join us at the entrance of Du Bois Library at 5:00 p.m.


August 26th, 2015

Just came back from a wonderful ASA meeting in Chicago. I presented my paper on protest dyamics in Bogotá, and gave a talk with James Kitts on using dynamic computer simulations to explore sociological theories.


May 27th, 2015

I was awarded the Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship in Sociology to attend the ICPSR Summer Program at the University of Michigan. I will be studying advanced networks methods: exponential random graph models and stochastic actor-oriented models. A2 here I go!


May 6th, 2015

I defended my first comprehensive exam! Thanks to the committee members: Steven A. Boutcher (Chair), James A. Kitts and Melissa Wooten. One step closer to completing my Ph.D.


March 1st, 2015

I presented my work in progress on carework migration at the Eastern Sociological Society 85th Annual Meeting in New York City. Building up an exciting paper with my collaborators Joya Misra and Ragini Malhotra!