Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
Paul DiMaggio is Professor of Sociology at New York University, where he is studying applications of computational text analysis to the study of cultural change. He is also A. Barton Hepburn Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he taught from 1992-2016, served as Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Sociology Department, and headed the Center for the Study of Social Organization. From 1979 to 1992, he taught at Yale University, where he directed the Program on Non-Profit Organizations. DiMaggio, who has written widely on culture, organizational analysis, and economic sociology, has been a fellow the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Social and Political Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.