Carmella N. Stoddard

Carmella N. Stoddard

Graduate Student


Phone: 289 Haines Hall (Next Door to Prof. Rossman in Haines 287)

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My dissertation examines romantic, sexual, and affiliative relationship networks of National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) respondents and celebrity entertainers. Using multiple datasets, I computationally assess how multiplexity, status homophily, and negative proscriptions shape underlying network structure. In doing so, I contribute to network analysis and sociological theory by testing the scope conditions of complex relational configurations.

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


  • CPhil in Sociology, University of California Los Angeles (2018)
  • 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)

Fields of Study

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


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

Awards & Grants

  • 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).


  • Dissertation Committee: Gabriel Rossman (Chair), Jacob Foster, Omar Lizardo, Alan Fiske (UCLA Anthropology)
  • MA Paper Committee: Gabriel Rossman, Vilma Ortiz