Gabriel Rossman

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office  287 Haines Hall
Phone  310-206-8904
I study cultural industries (radio and film) and economic sociology (diffusion and disreputable exchange).

I am writing a book on how people structure immoral exchanges like bribery to make them more subtle and therefore less obviously immoral. I am also doing computer simulations of the role of social networks in the spread of new ideas and developing a new metric for diversity based on latent class analysis. My previous work used pop music radio data to study diffusion and film data to study how information structures markets.


PhD, Princeton University


National Science Foundation. (SES-0724914).

"Sustaining and Disruptive Innovation: Drawing Lessons from the Radio Industry."  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Industry Studies Fellowship.

Selected Publications

"It's Only Wrong If It's Transactional." 2018. (with Oliver Schilke) American Sociological Review.

 "Obfuscatory Relational Work and Disreputable Exchange." 2014. Sociological Theory.

"The Diffusion of the Legitimate and the Diffusion of Legitimacy." 2014. Sociological Science.

"Close, But No Cigar: The Bimodal Rewards to Prize-Seeking." (with Oliver Schilke). 2014. American Sociological Review

Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation. Princeton University Press. 2012. 

"I'd Like to Thank the Academy, Team Spillovers, and Network Centrality." (with Nicole Esparza and Phil Bonacich). 2010. American Sociological Review.