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Marissa King

Marissa King

Professor of Organizational Behavior and Professor of Public Health

Professor King’s research examines social networks, social influence, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of work analyzes the role social networks played in the prescription drug abuse epidemic. She is also interested in how to effectively leverage networks to treat opioid use disorders and address the loneliness epidemic. Professor King is the author of  Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection. Her research and book have been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, among other outlets. 


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

Selected Works




  • James Coleman Outstanding Article Award, Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association, 2015
  • Elliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology, 2011
  • Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology, 2009
  • Alex Inkeles Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, 2007