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The Social Networks and Inequalities Lab (SNAIL)

The SNAIL focuses on social networks, social relationships, and inequalities. Social networks are the webs of social relationships linking individuals directly and indirectly. Social relationships manifest in various forms in different life domains (e.g., romantic relationships, family relationships, kinships, friendships, acquaintance relationships, work relationships, neighbor relationships, faith-based relationships, and offline and online relationships).

The SNAIL is structured around three primary research themes: how the characteristics of social networks and social relationships contribute to health and well-being inequalities, how the attributes of social networks and social relationships give rise to broader social inequalities, and how social forces shape inequalities in social networks and social relationships.

We fearlessly put forward theories, hypotheses, and research questions, scrutinizing them with the same deliberate and unwavering determination as snails, advancing courageously and patiently.


Faculty: Daniel B. Cornfield, Rachel DonnellyLucie Kalousova, Lijun Song (Director)

Post-doctoral Fellow: Marva Goodson-Miller (Placement: Assistant Professor at Arizona State University)

Graduate Students: Yvonne ChenPhilip J. Pettis (Placement: Assistant Professor at Michigan State University), Zhe Zhang

Undergraduate Students: Kerou Cheng, Yiwei Wang




(The School of Athens, Raphael)