Marissa King

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

Professor Marissa King

Professor King’s current research research examines factors associated with the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of mental health medications. In general, her research analyzes the spatial and temporal dimensions of innovation and contagion. To understand how large-scale social transformations arise from local behavior, she has studied cases ranging from the rise in autism prevalence during the past decade to the organizational foundations of the antislavery movement in the late 19th century. Her research appears in journals such as American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Administrative Science Quarterly.


  • PhD, Columbia University, 2008
  • BA, Reed College, 2002


Managing Strategic Networks
MGT 535


Selected Articles

M. D. King and P. S. Bearman
American Sociological Review
K.. Liu, M. King and P. S. Bearman
American Journal of Sociology
M. King and P. Bearman
International Journal of Epidemiology
M. D. King and H. A. Haveman
Administrative Science Quarterly

Selected Working Papers

M. King, J. Jennings, and J. Fletcher
American Sociological Review (conditionally accepted)
Benzodiazepine Use in the United States
M. Olfson, M. King, and M. Schoenbaum


Elliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award
American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology
Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award
American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology
Alex Inkeles Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
Department of Sociology, Columbia University