Soli Dubash on the diffusion of culture and cognition in Sociological Forum

November 8, 2023 by Juanita Lam

Congratulations to Soli Dubash on publishing “The Diffusion of Culture and Cognition Within and Beyond Sociology, 1997–2021”. The article, co-authored with Gordon Brett, examines the interdisciplinary diffusion of Culture and Cognition scholarship. Engaging in a bibliographic analysis of 16 Culture and Cognition articles, Dubash and Brett find that the interdisciplinary adoption of Culture and Cognition is generally overstated: Culture and Cognition scholarship is concentrated within sociology, though about half of this research is located in other disciplines. Within sociology, Culture and Cognition research tends to be published in generalist, culture, and theory journals. Read the full article open access in Sociological Forum.

Soli Dubash is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. Soli's dissertation focuses on understanding and modelling how social networks and the contexts in which they are enacted shape, and are shaped by, health across the life course. He is particularly interested in examining how our health changes when our relationships change, how our relationships change as our health changes, and how network change contributes to inequality. Soli's research agenda integrates quantitative, computational, and survey methodology to study health and stress processes, social network dynamics, culture, and life course inequalities. His scholarly agenda is dedicated to producing research that (1) can help people make evidence-based decisions about their health and their community members’; (2) holds practical implications for policy design and targeted interventions; and (3) clearly presents results in ways which are publicly accessible, can inform future research design, and facilitate meta-analyses. Soli strongly values open science principles and transparent research practices. By doing so, he aims to both make people aware of the possible effects of their personal ties to influence their health, behaviour, and well-being (and vice versa); and, to allow readers to reach their own decisions as to how he came to these results and their consequences.