Amir Goldberg

Amir Goldberg
Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Associate Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences
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Research Statement

Amir Goldberg’s research lies at the intersection of cultural sociology, data science and organization studies. He is interested in understanding how social meanings emerge and solidify through social interaction, and what role network structures play in this process. The co-director of the computational culture lab, Amir uses and develops computationally intensive network- and language-based methods to study how new cultural categories take form as people and organizational actors interact.


Professor Goldberg received bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science and Film Studies from Tel Aviv University, and an MA in Sociology from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Before pursuing a PhD in Sociology at Princeton University, he worked for several years as a software programmer, an IT consultant and a technology journalist. An Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, his research projects all share an overarching theme: the desire to understand the social mechanisms that underlie how people construct meaning, and consequently pursue action. His work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Management Science and the Review of Financial Studies.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Sociology, Princeton University
  • MA Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • BA Computer Science & Film Studies (double major), Tel Aviv University

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Younger Family Faculty Scholar, 2016-2017
  • MBA Class of 1969 Faculty Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2014-2015
  • Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University


Journal Article

Matthew Corritore, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava
Administrative Science Quarterly
June 2020 Vol. 65 Issue 2 Pages 359-394
Matthew Corritore, Amir Goldberg, Sameer Srivastava
Harvard Business Review
January 2020 Vol. 98 Issue 1 Pages 76-83
Amir Goldberg, Sarah K. Stein
American Sociological Review
October 2018 Vol. 83 Issue 5 Pages 897-932
Sameer B. Srivastava, Amir Goldberg, V. Govind Manian, Christopher Potts
Management Science
March 2018 Vol. 64 Issue 3 Pages 1348-1364
Paul DiMaggio, Amir Goldberg
European Journal of Sociology
February 21, 2018 Pages 1-39
Gabriel Doyle, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava, Michael C. Frank
Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
August 2017
Ran Duchin, Amir Goldberg, Denis Sosyura
Review of Financial Studies
May 2017 Vol. 30 Issue 5 Pages 1696-1743
Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava, V. Govind Manian, William Monroe, Christopher Potts
American Sociological Review
December 1, 2016 Vol. 81 Issue 6 Pages 1190-1222
Amir Goldberg, Michael T. Hannan, Balazs Kovacs
American Sociological Review
April 2016 Vol. 81 Issue 2 Pages 215-241
Amir Goldberg
Big Data & Society
December 2015 Vol. 2 Issue 2
Daniel McFarland, Kevin Lewis, Amir Goldberg
American Sociologist
Amir Goldberg, Delia Baldassarri
American Journal of Sociology
July 2014 Vol. 120 Issue 1 Pages 45-95
Amir Goldberg
American Journal of Sociology
March 2011 Vol. 116 Issue 5 Pages 1397–1436

Book Chapters

Kirsten Schowalter, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava
Social Networks at Work
Sanaz Mobasseri, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava
Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology

Working Papers

Richard Lu, Jennifer A. Chatman, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava March 3, 2019
Sarah K. Stein, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava January 2018


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Stanford Case Studies

Amir Goldberg, Robert Siegel, Matt Saucedo
Mary Ittelson, Amir Goldberg, Sheila Melvin
Mary Ittelson, Amir Goldberg, Kara Riopelle
Amir Goldberg, Debra Schifrin

Insights by Stanford Business

November 20, 2020
How machine learning helped researchers sort through 500,000 Glassdoor reviews to weigh the benefits of workplace diversity.
November 20, 2020
Access to superabundant data has transformed the methods of scholastic inquiry — and possibly the basic tenets of inquiry itself.
July 20, 2020
Diverse corporate cultures are good, but the best encourage workers to embrace the diversity of their personal, sometimes conflicting, beliefs.
December 11, 2018
From anti-vaxxing to gun control, the propagation of beliefs and behaviors is influenced as much by the meanings we ascribe to them as by our social circles.
December 03, 2018
Viewers sought advice from IBM’s Ginni Rometty and former CIA Director David Petraeus, as well as insights from faculty about what our emails reveal about us.
December 03, 2018
Seven Stanford business professors recommend their favorite books.
November 20, 2018
Should you hire the team player or the renegade?
October 26, 2018
It’s hard to hide how you really feel in email.
February 01, 2018
Research points to another important trait that can determine the success of a new hire.
September 26, 2017
Managerial pay may be influenced by social connections as much as performance.
September 02, 2016
The most successful employees do a bit of both, striking a balance between integration and nonconformity.
May 27, 2016
A professor finds that so-called cultural leaders aren’t leading at all.
May 15, 2014
Every decision we make is deeply rooted in our social identity. A researcher explains a new, networked approach to understanding our cultural traits.
April 16, 2014
A pair of sociologists finds the answer — and uncovers political subcultures in the process.