Adjunct Faculty Associate, RCGD
I am a sociologist whose work is centered largely on structural and social-psychological solutions to problems of cooperation, collective action, and social order. One key area of my research looks at the dynamics of leadership, power, and influence in groups, with a focus on the social-psychological forces that both 1) promote "good leadership" and 2) allow groups and organizations to successfully meet their goals. I have also studied the mechanisms by which interpersonal moral judgments, religion, and social networks produce cooperation, generosity, and solidarity in groups.
- Melamed, David, Ashley Harrell, and Brent Simpson. Forthcoming. "Cooperation, clustering, and assortative mixing in dynamic networks." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- Simpson, Brent, Ashley Harrell, David Melamed, Nicholas Heiserman, and Daniela V. Negraia. 2018. "The Roots of Reciprocity: Gratitude and Reputation in Generalized Exchange Systems." American Sociological Review 83(1): 88-110.
- Melamed, David, Brent Simpson, and Ashley Harrell. 2017. "Prosocial Orientation Alters Network Dynamics and Fosters Cooperation." Scientific Reports 7(1): 357.
- Thye, Shane R., and Ashley Harrell. 2017. "The status value theory of power and mechanisms of micro stratification: Theory and new experimental evidence." Social Science Research 63: 54-66.
- Simpson, Brent, Robb Willer, and Ashley Harrell. 2017. "The Enforcement of Moral Boundaries Promotes Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior in Groups." Scientific Reports 7.
- Harrell, Ashley, and Brent Simpson. 2016. "The Dynamics of Prosocial Leadership: Power and Influence in Collective Action Groups." Social Forces 94(3): 1283-1308.
- Simpson, Brent, Matthew Brashears, Eric Gladstone, and Ashley Harrell. 2014. "Birds of Different Feathers Cooperate Together: No Evidence for Altruism Homophily in Networks." Sociological Science 1: 542-564.
- Simpson, Brent, Ashley Harrell, and Robb Willer. 2013. "Hidden Paths from Morality to Cooperation: Moral Judgments Promote Trust and Trustworthiness." Social Forces 91(4): 1529-1548.
- Harrell, Ashley. 2012. "Do religious cognitions promote prosociality?" Rationality and Society 24(4): 463-482.