Omar Lizardo is co-editor of the American Sociological Review and the LeRoy Neiman Term Chair Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has concurrently served as an external member of the Centre for the Critical Study of Global Power and Politics. He was born in 1974 in New York City, New York. After earning his B.A. at Brooklyn College, he went on to earn a Ph.D from the University of Arizona.
As a sociologist, he has researched social networks, sociological theory, cognitive science, and cultural and organizational sociology. His research seeks to understand cultural changes and the forces that drive change within social groups. He is an award-winning writer, winning not one, but two Best Graduate Student Paper Awards from the American Sociological Association – in different categories. His paper, “How Cultural Tastes Shape Social Networks,” was awarded the Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article in Cultural Sociology.
In recognition of his work and perceived promise in the field of sociology, he was honored in 2013 with the Lewis Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting. He has served as a faculty fellow at Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University, and for the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. He was most recently elected to the Sociological Research Association.
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Omar Lizardo is a sociologist, LeRoy Neiman Term Chair Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, formerly Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame , and the former co-editor , with Rory M. McVeigh and Sarah Mustillo, of the American Sociological Review, the flagship journal for the American Sociological Association. Starting in 2020, Lizardo became a member of the board of reviewing editors of the journal Science. The website academic influence ranks Lizardo as the most influential sociologist from the period 2010–2020. According to one commentator, he "has a history of grappling with important ideas in an innovative and insightful fashion" and is a widely cited author in numerous sub-fields of sociology. He is specifically known for his work at the intersection of cognitive science and sociology of culture, but also social networks, organizational studies, and sociological theory. He is a former contributor to the popular sociology group blog, orgtheory.net. and one of the co-founders of the group blog culturecog.
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