Grad Students

Carmella N. Stoddard

Contact Information

Office  Haines 289 (Next Door to Prof. Rossman in Haines 287)

My research examines network structures of relationship formation among National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) respondents and celebrities. Using three datasets of romantic, sexual, and affiliative ties, I assess the effect of multiplexity and negative proscriptions on resulting network structures. A key concern in this work is contributing to network theory by testing the scope conditions of chainlike spanning trees and other complex structures.   

Broadly speaking, I am interested in dynamic network analysis, intergroup relations, and convincing Gabe Rossman that celebrity networks constitute respectable datasets.

Fields of Study

Computational Sociology, Social Networks, Social Theory, Culture, Social Psychology, Race & Ethnicity, Quantitative Methods


Substantive Topics: Sociology of Celebrity, Intergroup Relations, Relationship Formation, Media Representation

Grants and Awards

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2016)

Graduate Research Mentorship (2015-2016)

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2015, 2016)

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow in Sociology (2014-Present)

Conference Presentations

“Beyond Ambiguity: 'Controlling' Images and the Depiction of Interracial Intimacy in IKEA’s Moo Cow Milker Television Commercial Advertisement.”

Presented at the 11th Annual International Visual Sociology Association Conference, University of London, Goldsmiths, London, England, 9 July 2013

This panel brought together papers raising critical questions about the centrality of visibility itself for the surveillance of the body, especially in relation to ideas about beauty, attractiveness, and difference. Papers discussing the ethics of the visual itself and the ways in which the visual has the potential to ensnare what it seeks to untangle were encouraged to submit proposals for competitive selection by panel Chair, Dr. Monica Moreno-Figueroa (Department of Sociology, Newcastle University).


Gabriel Rossman, Vilma Ortiz, Jacob Foster


M.A. in Sociology, University of California Los Angeles (2016)

M.A. in Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2015)

B.A. cum laude in American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California (2011)