Marissa King

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

Professor King’s current 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 social networks, 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. King, J. Jennings, and J. Fletcher
American Sociological Review
M. D. King and P. S. Bearman
American Sociological Review
K.. Liu, M. King and P. S. Bearman
American Journal of Sociology
M. D. King and H. A. Haveman
Administrative Science Quarterly

Selected Working Papers

Benzodiazepine Use in the United States
M. Olfson, M. King, and M. Schoenbaum
New Drug Information and Physician Learning
M. Dickstein and M. King


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