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I've seen some work recently where I am (Pittsburgh). One of my colleagues
who just finished from the University of Pittsburgh might have relevant
work,

Kehoe, S. S. (2017). *Bridging the college completion gap with
comprehensive support systems: A mixed-methods impact evaluation of the
Dell scholars program* (Order No. 10692530). Available from ProQuest
Dissertations & Theses Global. (2026720214). Retrieved from
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__search.proquest.com_docview_2026720214-3Faccountid-3D9902&d=DwIFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bgp6_71oi7IzULxYwGANJ_4pWhdCbGY7aTuUpoRRv3U&s=BEifqNFT8U5ZI0fpmqu5mLVwGET18tWO7wKG0ycC0qo&e=


For statistical modeling, Brian Junker, a statistics professor at CMU, has
some students who have done their dissertations with a data set of networks
among teachers,

Sweet, T. M. (2012). *Statistical network models for replications and
experimental interventions* (Order No. 3573622). Available from ProQuest
Dissertations & Theses Global. (1443840133). Retrieved from
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__search.proquest.com_docview_1443840133-3Faccountid-3D9902&d=DwIFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bgp6_71oi7IzULxYwGANJ_4pWhdCbGY7aTuUpoRRv3U&s=u8mfv-5KfnBxpOmkQ3g6nRennsprubNH2jxmkGqfBOk&e=
(see also https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__journals.sagepub.com_doi_10.3102_1076998612458702&d=DwIFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bgp6_71oi7IzULxYwGANJ_4pWhdCbGY7aTuUpoRRv3U&s=mw75EM-z8OHxUlCe7Qdj0VLcziqtz7iRtYeTjXHhh-4&e=)


Another student, Sam Adhikari, doesn't seem to have her thesis online but
her work is at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__samrachana.com_research-2Drelated_&d=DwIFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bgp6_71oi7IzULxYwGANJ_4pWhdCbGY7aTuUpoRRv3U&s=ufqQz9ELcCVlI095ZUZ5JBywGmiFmK9Q_b8c1UtTOJw&e=.


Around religion, it's not contemporary but you of course must cite Samuel
Samson's dissertation, *A Novitiate in a Period of Change: An Experimental
and Case Study of Social Relationships* (popularly known as the "Samson
monastery"). Not only is it religion, but technically the people studied
were students…

Not dissertation work as far as I can tell, but one of the key works
introducing SIENA (a statistical model for the co-evolution of behavior and
networks) was done with 50 sociology graduate students in Groningen.
See van Duijn et al., 2003, Evolution of sociology freshmen into a
friendship network
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.tandfonline.com_doi_abs_10.1080_00222500305889&d=DwIFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bgp6_71oi7IzULxYwGANJ_4pWhdCbGY7aTuUpoRRv3U&s=P02G7sSXjH1u6phXTsrnOZ0dp8X6LQzBGAyoxPi5qS8&e=>, and van de
Bunt, van Duijn, and Snijders, 1999, Friendship networks through time: An
actor-oriented dynamic statistical network model
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__link.springer.com_article_10.1023-252FA-253A1009683123448&d=DwIFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bgp6_71oi7IzULxYwGANJ_4pWhdCbGY7aTuUpoRRv3U&s=4YK0vvVy-hw8bQ40njbLa3UEr6VibJNVBalmD8j4TuE&e=>.

Good luck!

On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 6:46 PM, Samin Aref <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

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> Hi Sara,
>
> I have been in a similar situation when I started my PhD on a completely
> different topic, but involving networks. I read two books which helped me a
> lot in terms of getting ideas and understanding basic theoretical
> frameworks.
>
> The two books:
> Easley, David, and Jon Kleinberg. Networks, crowds, and markets: Reasoning
> about a highly connected world. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
> Jackson, Matthew O. *Social and economic networks*. Princeton university
> press, 2010.
>
> My thesis:
> Thesis chapter 1> (link: arxiv.org/abs/1509.04037
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__arxiv.org_abs_1509.04037&d=DwMFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=s6SFcYvlHy-n2O9nFAguVphO6m7diQcTzRMXnCF7jqo&s=-TmN8FPYEoX-3PeLCs0TAqUhp2xIj_Mxgn3rTltxnxw&e=>
> )
> Thesis chapter 2> (link: arxiv.org/abs/1710.09876
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__arxiv.org_abs_1710.09876&d=DwMFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=s6SFcYvlHy-n2O9nFAguVphO6m7diQcTzRMXnCF7jqo&s=6dCfRRBhkg9rlEse2fzR93zIoRCA2tbxOFE2UyapqbI&e=>
> )
> Thesis chapter 3> (link: arxiv.org/abs/1611.09030
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__arxiv.org_abs_1611.09030&d=DwMFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=s6SFcYvlHy-n2O9nFAguVphO6m7diQcTzRMXnCF7jqo&s=tRqv4L6EOQU4g729Ihc9QU-wzA3cos6Q4XU7DD14UVA&e=>
> )
> Thesis chapter 4> (link: arxiv.org/abs/1712.04628
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__arxiv.org_abs_1712.04628&d=DwMFaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=s6SFcYvlHy-n2O9nFAguVphO6m7diQcTzRMXnCF7jqo&s=rTzriX5Djq91KgJiDiaAUE-Vrr4p_VwMtSB0VUddN7E&e=>
> )
>
> Kind Regards,
> Samin
>
> *Samin Aref*
> www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/people/sare618
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> On 25 April 2018 at 09:56, Sara Shapiro-Plevan <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
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>> Hello all! I'm working on a dissertation at the intersection of social
>> network analysis and education. I wonder if you might recommend some
>> dissertations (perhaps your own) to look at for inspiration, example and
>> theoretical frameworks that could offer me some thoughtful direction. I'd
>> be very grateful for your recommendations!
>>
>> For a bit more information:   I’m specifically looking at the social and
>> professional networks of religious (here, Jewish) educators. I’ve completed
>> an SNA of a cohort of 5 years of students at a small graduate program in
>> religious education (between 9-12 years post graduation), and am looking
>> to understand their relationships. (For what it’s worth, my research is
>> well outside the scope of my advisor’s area of expertise and the focus of
>> my department’s overall work)
>>
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