Emily Erikson

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Emily Erikson conducts research in the fields of social networks, comparative historical sociology, organizations, theory, and economic sociology. Her focus is on the role of social networks in historical and cultural change. Her forthcoming book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, (Princeton University Press, 2014) examines the impact of social networks on the fortunes of the English East India Company and by extension the relationship between Britain and Asia. Current research includes both extending existing work on the English East India Company by examining the role of the chartered companies as a site for the negotiation and coordination of the interests of capitalists and imperialists as well as new work on the difference between routine and ritual, agency and choice as expressed within social networks, and citation patterns in academic research. She is a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, serves on the editorial board of Sociology Theory, sits as a council member of the Comparative Historical Section of the ASA, and is co-convenor (with Olav Sorenson) of the Social Networks Working Group.


  • PhD, Columbia University

Selected Books

Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company

Princeton University Press

Selected Articles

Formalist and Relationalist Theory in Social Network Analysis

Sociological Theory

Anarchy, Hierarchy and Order

J. Parent and E. Erikson
Cambridge Review of International Affairs

Central Authority and Order

E. Erikson and J. Parent
Sociological Theory

Malfeasance and the Foundations for Global Trade: The Structure of English Trade in the East Indies, 1601-1833

E. Erikson and P. Bearman
American Journal of Sociology


Yale Institute of Network Science
South Asian Council
The Center for Comparative Research (CCR)
The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE)
Social Network Working Group
Transitions to Modernity Colloquium