Douglas R. White

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Douglas R. White is an American school (anthropology)|social anthropologist, [1], and network researcher at the of University of California, Irvine people|University of California, Irvine.

Born in Minneapolis in 1942, White attended the [University of Michigan], [Columbia University], and the [University of Minnesota], where he received a B.A. in 1964, an M.A. in 1967, and a Ph.D. in 1969, all under advisor E. Adamson [2] and the CIC: Travelling Scholars Program. He taught at the of Pittsburgh from 1967 to 1976. Since then he has been a Social Science Professor at the of California, Irvine, teaching in Social Relations, in Comparative Culture, in Social Networks and in Anthropology. He co-founded and has chaired the network|Social Networks PhD program and within the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences chairs the Social Dynamics and Complexity research group and the UC four-campus Human Sciences and Complexity videoconference group. He is on the external faculty at the Fe Institute, the governing Council of the European Complex Systems Society, and served as President of the Social Science Computing Association and of the Linkages Development Research Council. He founded the Cultures electronic journal in 1985 as part of the movement for [open access] scientific data and publication and founded the open access and peer reviewed [Structure and dynamics|Structure and Dynamics] electronic journal in 2005, where he continues as editor-in-chief.

Douglas White's major contributions belong to seven fields:

  1. study longitudinal study of historical evolution and of field studies of human groups,
  2. studies, where he is known for studies of the of labor, sexual division of labor, polygyny, marriage and systems, his collaborative creation of the Cross-Cultural Sample (SCCS), and public domain distribution of SCCS data, courseware and software,
  3. modeling of social, economic, and historical dynamics, as well as statistical [3] analysis, problem, the Natchez Paradox, [Structural endogamy|kinship] and network simulation, regular equivalence, flow [4], and cohesion, # networks, including, more specifically, the network realism paradigm,
  4. urban studies, including his current studies of urban dynamics over the last millennium,
  5. studies of world system dynamics, and
  6. social complexity and network model|complex-network system dynamics.

He is a recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Scientist Award of the von Humboldt#The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation|Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the "Best Paper in Mathematical Sociology of 2003" Award of the American Sociological Association (2004), and the 2007 "Viviana Zelizer Distinguished Scholarship Award" for the outstanding article published in the field of economic sociology in the previous two years. His work on implications of feedback and feedforward processes, published in [Physical Review] in collaboration with the founder of Tsallis nonextensive physics, a founder of Doyne Farmer chaos theory, and two young computer scientists, provides one of the foundational network simulations for understanding complex networks. A reaction to his latest book, [Network Analysis and Ethnographic Problems], by one reviewer, was that this "could be the most important book in anthropology in fifty years."

White has authored or coauthored 4 books and over 100 articles, and edited 3 books and 2 special journal issues dealing with his research interests. The books include:

Among his more important journal articles are

  1. [social networks], including, more specifically, the network realism paradigm,
  2. urban studies, including his current studies of urban dynamics over the last millennium,
  3. studies of world system dynamics, and
  4. social complexity and [Social-circles network model|complex-network] system dynamics.

He is a recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Scientist Award of the [Alexander von Humboldt#The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation|Alexander von Humboldt] Foundation, the "Best Paper in Mathematical Sociology of 2003" Award of the [American Sociological Association] (2004), and the 2007 "Viviana Zelizer Distinguished Scholarship Award" for the outstanding article published in the field of economic sociology in the previous two years. His work on implications of feedback and feedforward processes, published in [Physical Review] in collaboration with the founder of [Constantino Tsallis|nonextensive physics], a founder of [J. Doyne Farmer|chaos theory], and two young computer scientists, provides one of the foundational network simulations for understanding complex networks. A reaction to his latest book, [Network Analysis and Ethnographic Problems], by one reviewer, was that this "could be the most important book in anthropology in fifty years."

White has authored or coauthored 4 books and over 100 articles, and edited 3 books and 2 special journal issues dealing with his research interests. The books include:

Among his more important journal articles are