Mark Hoffman



Mark Anthony Hoffman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. He studies the dynamics of cultural contention and the role that ideas play in the formation of identities and institutions using novel combinations of network analysis and text analysis. His dissertation analyzes the reading habits of New York and American elites after the Constitutional Convention to understand the concerns and interests of elite factions as they vied for political and economic power. He holds a BA from NYU Abu Dhabi.


Hoffman, Mark A. 2018. “The Materiality of Ideology: Cultural Consumption and Political Thought after the American Revolution.” Conditionally accepted at the American Journal of Sociology.

Zerubavel, Noam, Mark A. Hoffman, Adam D. Reich, Kevin N. Ochsner, and Peter Bearman. 2018. “Neural precursors of future liking and affective reciprocity.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Hoffman, Mark A., Jean-Phillipe Cointet, Philipp Brandt, Newton Key, and Peter Bearman. 2018. “The (Protestant) Bible, the (printed) sermon, and the word (s): The semantic structure of the Conformist and Dissenting Bible, 1660-1780.” Poetics.

Hoffman, Mark A. and Peter Bearman. 2015. “Bringing anomie back in: exceptional events and excess suicide.” Sociological Science, 2, 186-210.