Title: Racial and Gender Homophily in Classroom Discussion Networks
Presenter(s): Regan Harper (UAF DART GRA)
Date: March 30, 2022
Previous studies on homophily tend to focus on positive social relationships, like friendships, which overlooks the negative networks formed through the access to internet. Our study employs an online discussion platform and examines the hidden and invisible forces that bond people together, in both positive and negative networks. Using multidimensional scaling (MDS), we analyzed networks of users who discussed the topic of carrying guns on campus. We found that there is some evidence of racial and gender homophily in the overall, negative, and positive online networks.
Regan Harper is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis on social networks, crime, and data analytics.