Brian Soller

Brian Soller

Brian Soller

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of New Mexico

Areas of Expertise

  • Health and Medical
  • Social Networks
  • Crime and Social Control


  • M.A., California State University East Bay (2008 ) Sociology
  • B.A., Saint Mary's College of California (2005)
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University (2013) Sociology


Brian Soller CV (pdf)

Professor Brian Soller's research primarily focuses on link between cultural and structural features of social networks and adolescent risk behavior. Additionally,he is interested in the causes of crime and health- behavior over the life course.

Brian currently is involved in numerous collaborative research projects that focus on health-related risk behavior among adolescents and adults. One project (with Trevon Logan and Chih-Sheng Hsieh) examines network dynamics and sexual behavior among male escorts. Another project (with Dana Haynie, Chris Keenan, and Nate Doogan) uses Stochastic Actor-Orientated Models to examine how peer influence and network processes shape adolescent sexual behavior with data from Add Health. He is also working with Chris Browning and Aubrey Jackson on a project that examines how cynicism regarding the effectiveness and legitimacy of legal systems among neighborhood residents shapes parental appraisals of their children’s violent behavior. Dr. Soller's dissertation research focused on the association between cultural and structural features of social networks and adolescent sexual behavior and romantic relationship dynamics with data from Add Health.
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