Professor Douglas Heckathorn is currently working on several interrelated projects. The first analyzes collective action and norm emergence using formal theories to specify the reciprocal relationship between choice and structure. A recent extension of that project analyzes aggregate social exchange across macrosocial categories, including race and ethnicity, gender, age, and economic status, to analyze quantitatively both social structure and the power differentials encoded in those structures. A related area of research focuses on norm creation, including development and implementation of interventions to create and strengthen HIV-prevention norms in high-risk groups. An additional line of research focuses on developing means for studying the structure of very large social networks using a new network-based sampling method, respondent-driven sampling (RDS). This method provides means both for drawing probability samples of hard-to-reach and hidden populations, and for studying their network structure. It has been applied in studies of a variety of populations, including injection drug users and jazz musicians. Finally, he edits the journal, Rationality and Society.
"Review of Sampling Hard-To-Reach and Hidden Populations for HIV Surveillance." By Robert Magnani, Keith Sabin, Tobi Saidel and Douglas D. Heckathorn. In press, AIDS 2005, 2005.
"From Networks to Populations: The Development and Application of Respondent-Driven Sampling Among IDUs and Latino Gay Men." By Jesus Ramirez-Valles, Douglas D. Heckathorn, Raquel Vázquez, Rafael M. Diaz, and Richard T. Campbell. In press, AIDS and Behavior, 2005.
"Sampling and Estimation in Hidden Populations Using Respondent-Driven Sampling." By Matthew J. Salganik and Douglas D. Heckathorn. Sociological Methodology, 2004.
"Social Networks of Jazz Musicians," by Douglas D. Heckathorn and Joan Jeffri, pp. 48-61 in Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians, Volume III: Respondent-Driven Sampling: Survey Results by the Research Center for Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts Research Division Report #43, Washington DC, 2003.
"Group Solidarity as the Product of Collective Action: Creation of Solidarity in a Population of Injection Drug Users." By Douglas D. Heckathorn and Judith E. Rosenstein. Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 19, 2002.
"Development of a Theory of Collective Action: From the Emergence of Norms to AIDS Prevention and the Analysis of Social Structure," in New Directions in Sociological Theory: Growth of Contemporary Theories (Joseph Berger and Morris Zelditch, editors). Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 79-108, 2002.
"Respondent-Driven Sampling II: Deriving Valid Population Estimates from Chain-Referral Samples of Hidden Populations." 2002 Social Problems, Vol. 49, #1, pp. 11-34.
"Increasing Drug Users' Adherence to HIV Therapeutics," With Robert S. Broadhead, Frederick Altice, Yael van Hulst, Michael Carbone, Gerald Friedland, Patrick O'Connor and Peter Selwyn, 2002 Social Science and Medicine. Vol 55, pp. 235-246.
"Extensions of Respondent-Driven Sampling: A New Approach to the Study of Injection Drug Users Aged 18-25." Douglas D. Heckathorn, Salaam Semaan, Robert S. Broadhead, and James J. Hughes. AIDS and Behavior, 2002.
"Sociological Rational Choice," in Handbook of Social Theory (George Ritzer and Barry Smart, editors), Sage Publications. (2001)
"A Methodology for Reducing Respondent Duplication and Impersonation in Samples of Hidden Populations." Douglas D. Heckathorn, Robert S. Broadhead, and Boris Sergeyev. Journal of Drug Issues. (2001)
"Finding the Beat: Using Respondent-Driven Sampling to Study Jazz Musicians." Douglas D. Heckathorn and Joan Jeffri. Poetics. (2000)
"The Impact of a Needle Exchange's Closure." With Robert S. Broadhead and Yaël van Hulst. Public Health Reports. (2000)
"AIDS and Social Networks: Prevention through Network Mobilization." Sociological Focus. Douglas D. Heckathorn, Robert S. Broadhead, Denise L. Anthony, and David L. Weakliem. (1999)
"Termination of an Established Needle Exchange: A Study of Claims-Making and Impact." With Robert S. Broadhead and Yaël van Hulst. Social Problems. (1999)
"HIV Prevention in Yaroslavl, Russia: A Peer-Driven Intervention and Needle Exchange." With Boris Sergeyev, Tatyana Oparina, Tatyana P. Rumyantseva, Valerii L. Volkanevskii, Robert S. Broadhead, and Heather Madray. Journal of Drug Issues. (1999)
"Collective Action, Social Dilemmas, and Ideology." Rationality and Society. (1998)
"Harnessing Peer Networks as an Instrument for AIDS Prevention: Results from a Peer-Driven Intervention." With Robert Broadhead, David Weakliem, Denise Anthony, Heather Madray, Robert Mills, and James Hughes. Public Health Reports, Supplement. (1998)
"The Paradoxical Relationship between Sociology and Rational Choice." The American Sociologist. (1997)
"Respondent-Driven Sampling: A New Approach to the Study of Hidden Populations." Social Problems. (1997)
"Dynamics and Dilemmas of Collective Action." American Sociological Review. (1996)
"Drug Users Versus Outreach Workers in Combating AIDS: Preliminary Results of a Peer-Driven Intervention." With Robert S. Broadhead, Jean-Paul C. Grund, L. Synn Stern, Denise L. Anthony. Journal of Drug Issues. (1995)
"Rational Rhetoric in Politics: The Debate Over Ratifying the U.S. Constitution," with Denise L. Anthony and Steven M. Maser. Rationality and Society. (1994)
"AIDS Prevention Outreach Among Injection Drug Users: Agency Problems and New Approaches." With Robert Broadhead. Social Problems. (1994).
"The Limits of Communitarianism." Political Economy of the Good Society. (1994)
"Collective Action and Group Heterogeneity: Voluntary Provision Versus Selective Incentives." American Sociological Review. (1993)
"Emotions and Rational Choice." Rationality and Society. (1993)
"Collective Action and Group Heterogeneity: Cohesion and Polarization in Normative Systems." Advances in Group Processes. (1992)
"Extensions of the Prisoner's Dilemma Paradigm: The Altruist's Dilemma and Group Solidarity." Sociological Theory. (1991)
"Collective Sanctions and Compliance Norms: A Formal Theory of Group-Mediated Control." American Sociological Review. (1990)
"The Contractual Architecture of Public Policy: A Critical Reconstruction of Lowi's Typology." By Douglas D. Heckathorn and Steven M. Maser. The Journal of Politics. (1990)
A Bargaining Theory Approach to Default Provisions and Disclosure Rules in Contract Law." By Jules L. Coleman, Douglas D. Heckathorn, and Steven M. Maser. The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. (1989) (Awarded the Lon Fuller Prize in Jurisprudence)
"Collective Sanctions and Prisoner's Dilemma Norms." The American Journal of Sociology. (1988)
"Bargaining and the Sources of Transaction Costs: The Case of Government Regulation." By Douglas Heckathorn and Steven Maser. Journal of Law Economics and Organization. (1987)
"Bargaining and Constitutional Contracts." By Douglas Heckathorn and Steven Maser. American Journal of Political Science. (1987)
"Power and Trust in Social Exchange." Advances in Group Process: Theory and Research. (1985)
"Mathematical Theory Construction in Sociology: Analytic Power, Scope, and Descriptive Accuracy as Trade-Offs." The Journal of Mathematical Sociology. (1984)
"A Formal Theory of Social Exchange: Process and Outcome." Current Perspectives in Social Theory. (1984)
"Extensions to Power-Dependence Theory: The Concept of Resistance." Social Forces.(1983)
"Formal Historical Analysis: Quantitative and Nonquantitative Approaches." Social Science Journal. (1983)
"Bridging Consensus and Conflict Theories in Drug Use Research: A 'Unified' Theoretic Perspective." By Douglas D. Heckathorn and Wayne L. Lucas. Journal of Drug Issues. (1982)
"A Unified Model for Bargaining and Conflict." Behavioral Science. (1980)
"The Anatomy of Social Network Linkages." Social Science Research. (1979)
"A Paradigm for Bargaining and a Test of Two Bargaining Models." Behavioral Science. (1978)
Problems of Contemporary Society | Sociology 207
Drugs and Society | Sociology 246
Basic Problems in Sociology II (Contemporary Theory) | Sociology 502