Mark Pachucki

Assistant Professor

I am a sociologist who investigates phenomena at the intersection of social determinants of health, social network dynamics, and culture. While it is commonly accepted that culture and social context reciprocally shape our health, understanding the structure and meanings of relationships can give additional insight into individuals' health behaviors over the life course. For more information about my current course offerings, publications, educational philosophy, and research projects, visit my personal website, which I tend to update more frequently than this one.


(Post-doctoral fellowship, RWJF Health & Society Scholars, UC San Francisco & UC Berkeley, 2012)

(Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University, 2010)

(M.A., Sociology, Harvard University, 2007)

(B.A., Sociology, Columbia University, 2003) 

Research areas

Social networks, social determinants of health, computational social science, culture

Selected publications

Pachucki, Mark C., Andrew Karter, Nancy E. Adler, Howard Moffet, E Margaret Warton, Dean Schillinger, Bethany Hendrickson, Barbara A. Laraia. 2018. “Eating with others and meal location are differentially associated with nutrient intake by sex: The Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE).” Appetite. Vol. 127: 203-213.

Pachucki, Mark C., Ronald Breiger. 2018.  “Network Theories.” In press, Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory.

Raghavan, Sridharan, Mark C. Pachucki, Yuchiao Chang, Bianca Porneala, Caroline S. Fox, Josée Dupuis, James Meigs. 2016. “Incident type 2 diabetes risk is influenced by obesity and diabetes in social contacts: a social network analysis in the Framingham Offspring Study.” Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol 31: 1127-1133. 

Abbott, Katherine, Mark C. Pachucki. 2016. “Associations over time between Social Network Attributes, Cognitive Function, and Quality of Life among Residents in a Dementia Special Care Unit: A Pilot Study.” Dementia: The international journal of social research and practice, Vol.16(8), 1004-19.

Pachucki, Mark C., Emily Ozer, Alain Barrat, Ciro Cattuto. 2015. “Mental health & socialization in early adolescence: A dynamic study of social interaction behaviors.” Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 125: 40-50.

Pachucki, Mark C. 2014. “Food choices and peer relationships: Examining ‘a taste for necessity’ in a network context / Alimentation et réseau social : Une étude sur « le goût par nécessité » en contexte social.” Sociologie et Sociétés, Vol. 45(2): 229-252.

Pachucki, Mark C. 2012. “Classifying quality: Cognition, interaction, and status appraisal of art museums.” Poetics, Vol. 40(1): 67-90.

Pachucki, Mark A., Paul F. Jacques, Nicholas A. Christakis. 2011. “Social network concordance in food choice among spouses, friends, and siblings.” American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 101(11): 2170-2177.

Pachucki, Mark A., Ronald Breiger. 2010. “Cultural Holes: Beyond Relationality in Social Networks and Culture.” Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 36: 205-224.

Pachucki, Mark A., Sabrina Pendergrass, Michèle Lamont. 2007. “Boundary processes: Recent theoretical developments and new contributions.” Poetics, Vol. 35: 331-351.