Daniel A. McFarland received his AB in Philosophy (1993) and his PhD in Sociology (1999) at the University of Chicago. He is currently an Associate Professor of Education and affiliated professor of Organizational Behavior and Sociology at Stanford University.
Professor McFarland teaches courses in social network analysis, sociology of knowledge creation, microsociology, organizational behavior, and sociology of education. He has published a wide assortment of articles on social network dynamics, classroom resistance, political socialization, career mobility and dynamics, and microsocial theory. He is best known for his work on the formal and informal organization of classrooms (American Journal of Sociology 2001), dynamic network visualization (American Journal of Sociology 2005), and youth political socialization (American Sociological Review 2006). He is currently leading a large collaborative project funded by the NSF and Stanford’s Office of the President to study the relation between interdisciplinarity and scientific innovation.
Daniel McFarland won the 2006 Advisor of the Year award from the School of Education. He has been a consulting editor at the American Journal of Sociology and the Sociology of Education.