Introduction to SNA


The link to REGISTER for this workshop can be found on the Home page.

A non-technical 3-day course led by Dan Brass, Rich DeJordy and Dan Halgin 

Starting May 20, it meets Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:30am - 11:30am EDT and 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT (12 contact hours). 

This workshop provides a balanced introduction to social network analysis, including theoretical concepts and network measures, using software and interpreting results. The morning modules on Monday and Tuesday provide a theoretical, historical and empirical overview of the field led by Dan Brass, a pioneer of social network research in organizations. Other modules, led by Rich DeJordy and Dan Halgin, introduce the main concepts of SNA, including centrality, cohesion, and social capital, and demonstrate routines using UCINET and Netdraw software (both Windows programs). Participants are encouraged to  follow along on their own machines. Please read the software information below about the Windows-based programs that we will use.  Although our expertise is primarily in social networks and management research, we do our best to incorporate examples relevant to participants with backgrounds in education, health, history, and other disciplines. Noelle Otto will serve as a teaching assistant for this workshop.

Monday, May 20

Tuesday, May 21

Wednesday, May 22 

Thursday, May 23


We introduce participants to the use of UCINET and Netdraw. Both are Windows programs. If you are a Mac or Linux user, we recommend installing Windows via an emulator to seamlessly run UCINET and Netdraw.  We recommend Windows Emulators that provide a native Windows context as that will be used in the examples, exercises, and demonstrations during the workshop.  Examples include Parallels and VMware Fusion for MacOS or VMware Workstation and QEMU for Linux.  We will not be able to provide technical support related to problems arising from different operating platforms during the workshop.  Visit our software page for more information.

UCINET (includes NetDraw)

Note: Those already familiar with UCINET may want to consider taking the Intermediate track

Recommended Readings

NOTE: We don't assume any prior reading for our workshop, but if you'd like to learn a bit more about SNA, the below articles and books are a good start.

TA contact information

Noelle Otto:


Instructor contact information

Rich DeJordy:

Dan Brass:

Dan Halgin: