Zachary Neal vita

Associate Professor

PhD, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
MA, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005
BS, Philosophy & Classics, University of Arizona, 2001

Research Statement

My background is in sociology and geography, so I bring a slightly different perspective to issues of community psychology. My research uses network analysis and agent-based simulation models to investigate urban and community phenomena at multiple scales. At the micro-scale, I am interested in the forces that guide the formation of neighborhood social networks and build strong communities. At the meso-scale, I look at how spatial assets like parks and key organizations like schools shape community life. Finally, at the macro-scale, I study how national and global transportation networks shape economic opportunities for cities and their residents. I frequently speak about this work at international conferences, and it has been featured on National Public Radio and Atlantic Cities.

Publications: A few publications are available on the right hand side; enter your email address and a copy of the paper will be emailed to you immediately. For access to all of my publications, CLICK HERE.

Books: Click on the pictures below to check them out.

Common Ground     Connected City     Handbook of Applied System Science

Related Programs

Selected Publications

  • Neal, Z. P.
    A sign of the times? Weak and strong polarization in the U.S. Congress, 1973–2016
    inPress, Social Networks
  • Neal, J. W. & Neal, Z. P.
    Implementation capital: Merging frameworks of implementation outcomes and social capital to support the use of evidence-based practices
    2019, Implementation Science, 14:16
  • Neal, Z.P., & Neal, J.W.
    The (in)compatibility of diversity and sense of community. American Journal of Community Psychology
    2014, American Journal of Community Psychology, 53:1-12
  • Neal, Z.P.
    The backbone of bipartite projections: Inferring relationships from co-authorship, co-sponsorship, co-attendance and other co-behaviors
    2014, Social Networks, 39:84-97
  • Neal, J.W. & Neal, Z.P.
    Nested or networked? Future directions for ecological systems theory
    2013, Social Development, 22:722-737
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