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Jose Tomas Atria

  • PhD Student
  • Columbia University Department of Sociology
  • 14Followers
  • 17Following

Research interests

Sociological Theory.Natural Language ProcessingSocial NetworksStratificationInequalityPolitical ActionInstitutional FailureInstitutional DesignInstitutions


José Tomás Atria is a phd student in the Sociology Department at Columbia University. He is interested in mathematical and analytical sociology, and in the application of these approaches to the study of institutions and political action in a comparative perspective. His current work explores the way in which institutions can be represented as formal systems of rules, and in the application of these models to characterize collective actors in different social contexts, including games, sports, markets, electoral politics and, in general, any process of institutional change. He is also interested in agent-based simulation, the application of natural language processing tools for data collection and social network analysis. He obtained his BA in sociology at Universidad de Chile in 2004, and has worked as a consultant and data analyst for several private and public organizations.

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Professional experience

PhD Student

Department of Sociology - Columbia University

September 2009 - Present

Data analyst

Universidad Diego Portales

August 2007 - September 2008(a year)


Identidad y Comunicacion VERDE ltda.

February 2006 - June 2007(a year)


Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean

May 2005 - December 2005(7 months)



GSAS - Columbia University

September 2009 - Present

Diploma en Estadisticas

Facultad de Matemáticas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

March 2007 - March 2008(a year)


Facultad de Ciencias Sociales - Universidad de Chile

March 2000 - December 2004(5 years)