Pamela Emanuelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Minard Hall 428D2
Telephone: 701.231.5887

Selected Publications

David Willer, Marcel A. L. M van Assen and Pamela Emanuelson. 2012. "Analyzing Large Scale Exchange Networks." Social Networks 34: 171-180.

Jun Liu, David Willer and Pamela Emanuelson. 2011.  “Network Structure and Power Distribution: Explanations from Elementary Theory.” Sociological Research    No. 2

Pamela Emanuelsonand David Willer. 2009.  “One-shot Exchange Networks and the Shadow of the Future.” Social Networks 31: 147-154.

David Willer and Pamela Emanuelson.  2008.“Testing Ten Theories.” Journal of Mathematical Sociology 32: 165-203.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of South Carolina, 2008
  • M.A., Sociology, University of South Carolina, 2004
  • B.S., Sociology, Biology Converse College, 2001

Pamela Emanuelson received a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2008.  Her research areas include small group processes, social psychology and mathematical  sociology.

Additional interests include economic sociology, sociopolitical evolution and social organization. Her dissertation research formulated and tested theoretical models that predict the direction and magnitude of power exercise from social structure. In that work she brings together social psychological theories of exchange, coercion and conflict with theories of status, collective action and legitimacy. The model has experimental support. She continues to work on new theoretical derivations with the goal of increasing the scope and precision of contemporary exchange theory. One developing project looks at the beliefs that actors develop after interacting in structures where information is limited. This project will be part of a larger effort that examines the role of information in the control and manipulation of interaction outcomes in social structures.  Her on-going research examines the efficacy of coercion under differing structural conditions. 

Currently, she is editor of the Mathematical Sociologist, the newsletter for the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. 


2008  Best Mathematical Sociology Dissertation Award for “Extension and Refinement of Network Exchange Theory,” by the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

2006  Best Thesis Award for “Flow Networks,” by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

Courses Taught
  • SOC 115: Social Problems
  • PSYC/SOC 214: Social Interaction
  • SOC 233: Sociology of Organizations and Work
  • SOC 418/618: Social Psychology
  • SOC 422/622: Development of Social Theory
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