Diego F. Leal

Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of South Carolina

Department of Sociology
University of South Carolina
911 Pickens St., 
Sloan College, Rm. 216
Columbia, SC, 29208
leald [at] mailbox [dot] sc [dot] edu

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Ph.D., Sociology
University of Massachusetts

M.A., Political Science, cum laude
Universidad de Los Andes

B.A., Political Science
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, I'm an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina.

In my research I apply systems science methods, particularly network analysis and agent-based models, to the study of international migration and network-based inequalities. Some of my published work includes an agent-based model on network reciprocity and cooperation, a comparative analysis of migration dynamics between the Andean Region in South America and Spain, a paper on the migration of women in Asia, and a paper on network inequalities in access to pro bono publico legal services in the US. 
I'm currently working on projects related to the network dynamics of place-to-place migration flows in the Americas, the emergence of novel protest tactics in Colombia, the Venezuelan diaspora, the meaning and definition of friendship among adolescents, the relationship between ego network diversity and health, and on the study of feminized migration flows at a global scale.