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Song Yang

Song Yang


(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(SOCI)-Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 479-575-3205

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In 2002, I graduated from University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Sociology and Master in Computer Engineering. My areas of research are social network analysis, work and organizations, and social stratification and inequalities. 

My areas of interests are broadly defined as including social network analysis, work, and organizations, economic sociology, and stratification/inequalities. 

Sociological methodology (quantitative), social network analysis, work/organization studies, China

Social Network Analysis

Social Data and Analysis

Sociology of China

Organizations and Society

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2002



  • Knoke, David and Song Yang, Social Network Analysis: 3rd edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (invited to publish the 3rd edition in 2018)


  • Yang, Song, Franziska Keller, and Lu Zheng, 2016, Social Network Analysis: Methods and Examples, Thousand Oaks, CA.: SAGE


  • Andrew Dowdle, Scott Limbocker, Song Yang, Patrick Stewart, and Karen Sebold, 2013, The Invisible Hand of Political Parties in Presidential Elections, New York: Palgrave macmillan


  • Knoke, David and Song Yang. 2008. Social Network Analysis 2nd edition Thousand Oaks, California: Sage


(This book was translated into Chinese and published by Shanghai Gezhi Press in 2012)


  • Yang, Song. 2003. Investigating Company Job Training Programs in U.S. Organizations. Beijing, China: Social Science Documentation Publishing House.





  • Forthcoming


Yang, Song, Yuanqin Li, Xingzhou Wang, “Cohesiveness or competitiveness: Venture capital syndication networks and firms' performance in China,” Journal of Business Research


  • 2018    Herzog, Patricia and Song Yang, “Social Networks and Charitable Giving:

Trusting, Doing, Asking, and Alter Primacy,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 47/2: 376-394


  • 2017    Reid, Margaret and Song Yang, Organizational Institutionalism, Pp in Global

Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, edited by Farazmand, Ali, Switzerland: Springer


  • 2017    Yang, Song, Jihong Wu, and Runtian Jing, 2017, “Tokenism in Chinese Work

Organizations? Subordinate-Supervisor Gender Combination and Worker’s Organizational Commitment in China,” International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management 4/1: 1 - 18


  • 2016    Li, Yuemeng, Xintao Wu, and Song Yang, “Social Network Dominance based on

Analysis of Asymmetry” Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), San Francisco, USA, Aug 18-21, 2016


  • 2015    Yang, Song and Lu Zheng, “Perceived Job Insecurity between White and Black

Workers” Sociological Spectrum 35/6:483-503


  • 2015    Yang, Song, Scott Limbocker, Andrew Dowdle, Patrick Stewart, and Karen

Sebold, “Applying social network theory to the preprimary multiple donor networks of 2004 and 2008,” Party Politics 21/4: 638-648


  • 2013    Morimoto, Shauna and Song Yang, “What friendship entails: an empirical analysis

of graduate students’ social networks” Sociological Spectrum 33/2: 99-116


·2012    Yang, Song, Scott Limbocker, Patrick Stewart, Karen Sebold, and Andrew

Dowdle, 2012, “Party Cohesion in Presidential Races: Applying Social Network Theory to the 2011 Preprimary” Conference proceedings of PLEAD 2012, November 2, 2012, at Maui, Hawaii   


·2011    Yang, Song and Shauna Morimoto, 2011, “Why Do Black Men Suffer from Low

Self-Rated Job Productivity? A Multi-Theory Approach” Sociological Inquiry 81/4: 431–453


·2011    Yang, Song and Lu Zheng, 2011, “The Paradox of De-coupling: A Study of

Flexible Work Program and Workers’ Productivity” Social Science Research 40/1:299-311


·2009    Yang, Song, 2009,Still Feeling Proud to be Working for Your Employer?

Longitudinal Changes in White Collar Employees’ Morale in a Time of Organizational Restructuring,” Sociological Spectrum  29/5:572-597


  • 2008    Yang, Song. 2008 “Bureaucracy versus High Performance: Work Reorganization

in the 1990s” Journal of Socio-economics 37/5:1825-1845



  • 2007    Yang, Song. 2007 “Racial Disparity in Training, Pay-raise Attainment, and

Income” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 25/4:323-335


  • 2006    Yang, Song and George Wilson. 2006. “Race/gender Workplace Composition, and

Access to Job Training: A Firm-level Analysis.” Humanity and Society 30/3:277 – 296


  • 2006    Yang, Song. 2006. “Organizational Sectors and the Institutionalization of Job

Training Programs: Evidence from a Longitudinal National Organizations Survey” Sociological Perspectives 49/3: 325-342


  • 2006    Feldman-Savelsberg, Pamela, Flavien T. Ndonko, and Song Yang. 2006. “The

Social Management of Fetal and Infant Death: Dual Disruptions to Reproductive Lives and Discourses” Curare 29/1: 17 – 26


  • 2005    Yang, Song and George Wilson. 2005. “Training Differentials in Contemporary

Workplaces: An Empirical Assessment of Several Training Theories” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 42/2: 319-343


  • 2005    Smith, Brent, Kelly Damphousse, Song Yang and Cristie Ginther. 2005

“Prosecuting Politically Motivated Offenders: The Impact of the ‘Terrorist’ Label on Criminal Case Outcomes” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 42/2: 209-226


  • 2005    Yang, Song. 2005. “English Non-fluency and Income Penalty for Hispanic

Workers” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 32/3: 59 – 80


  • 2005    Feldman-Savelsberg, Pamela, Flavien T. Ndonko, and Song Yang. 2005.

“Remembering the Troubles: Reproductive Insecurity and the Management of Memory in Cameroon” Africa 75/1: 10 – 29


  • 2005    Feldman-Savelsberg, Pamela, Flavien T. Ndonko, and Song Yang. 2005. “How

Rumor Begets Rumor: Collective Memory, Ethnic Conflict, and Reproductive Rumors in Cameroon” Pp 141 – 159 in Rumor Mills: the Social Impact of Rumor and Legend, edited by Fine, Gary Alan, Véronique Campion-Vincent, and Chip Heath. New Brunswick, N.J.: Aldine Transaction


  • 2004    Yang, Song and Henry Hexmoor. 2004. “Measuring Optimal Connections in Large

Networks: A New Algorithm and Its Applications” Journal of Mathematical Sociology 28:197-213


  • 2004    Yang, Song, George Wilson, and Steven Worden. 2004. “Sources of

Organizational Commitment: the Effects of Internal Labor Markets and Worker Value” Sociological Spectrum 24/6:667-689


  • 2003    Yang, Song. 2003. “A Contextual Analysis of Organizational Commitment.”

Sociological Focus Feb: 49-64


  • 2003    Knoke, David. and Song Yang. 2003. “Fattenin’ Frogs for Snakes? Company

Investments in Job Skills Training.” Research in the Sociology of Work 12:3-30, edited by Bills, David.


  • 2003    Yang, Song. 2003.  “Contextual Analysis of Company Job Training.” Research in

the Sociology of Work 12:259-286, edited by Bills, David


  • 2001    Yang, Song and David Knoke. 2001. "Optimal Connections: Strength and Distance

in Valued Graphs." Social Networks 23/4: 285-295

I have been faculty members at University of Arkansas since 2002, and have been publishing books and more than 20 articles. I like to teach and to interact with students.