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 interested in how people structure immoral exchanges like bribery to make them more subtle and therefore less obviously immoral. I also do computer simulations of the role of social networks in the spread of new ideas and am developing new metrics for diversity based on resampling. 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

"Network hubs cease to be influential in the presence of low levels of advertising" 2021. (with Jacob Fisher) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"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.

Current Courses by Term

2022 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Mass Communication

Intermediate Statistical Methods II

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2022 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars