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Ashley Lauren Harrell King

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Hello! I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology (and Psychology and Neuroscience, by courtesy) at Duke University.

My research is centered on structural and social-psychological solutions to problems of cooperation, collective action, and social order. Much of my work is motivated by my interest in understanding the roles of micro-level attitudes and behaviors in shaping macro-level outcomes. My methodological approach is quantitative and relies largely on experimental data. One key area of my research examines how network structures promote or inhibit cooperation. Another examines the dynamics of leadership, power, and influence in groups. And I have focused on understanding additional mechanisms that influence prosocial behavior including joint vs. individual decision-making, moral judgments, status, and religion. My work has been published in the American Sociology Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Science Advances, PNAS, and other outlets. I run the Sociological Study of Cooperation (SSoC) Lab here at Duke.  

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Sociology · 2019 - Present Sociology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience · 2021 - Present Psychology & Neuroscience, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of South Carolina, Columbia · 2017 Ph.D.

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