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
Amherst

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

B.A., Political Science
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Bogotá



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

In my research I apply lenses of computational social science and network science to the study of international migration and minority health.

I'm currently working on projects related to the network dynamics of place-to-place migration flows around the globe, on modeling brokerage processes and their impact on the diffusion of innovations, and on developing health communication interventions to increase smoking cessation among Latino/a adults.

My work has been published or it is forthcoming in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Networks, PLoS ONE, and several other outlets. My research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute – NIH.