Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Sociology

2022-23 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • The Materiality of Ideology: Cultural Consumption and Political Thought after the American Revolution(1) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY Hoffman, M. 2019; 125 (1): 1–62

    View details for DOI 10.1086/704370

    View details for Web of Science ID 000472682100001

  • The (Protestant) Bible, the (printed) sermon, and the word(s): The semantic structure of the Conformist and Dissenting Bible, 1660-1780 POETICS Hoffman, M., Cointet, J., Brandt, P., Key, N., Bearman, P. 2018; 68: 89–103
  • Neural precursors of future liking and affective reciprocity PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Zerubavel, N., Hoffman, M., Reich, A., Ochsner, K. N., Bearman, P. 2018; 115 (17): 4375–80


    Why do certain group members end up liking each other more than others? How does affective reciprocity arise in human groups? The prediction of interpersonal sentiment has been a long-standing pursuit in the social sciences. We combined fMRI and longitudinal social network data to test whether newly acquainted group members' reward-related neural responses to images of one another's faces predict their future interpersonal sentiment, even many months later. Specifically, we analyze associations between relationship-specific valuation activity and relationship-specific future liking. We found that one's own future (T2) liking of a particular group member is predicted jointly by actor's initial (T1) neural valuation of partner and by that partner's initial (T1) neural valuation of actor. These actor and partner effects exhibited equivalent predictive strength and were robust when statistically controlling for each other, both individuals' initial liking, and other potential drivers of liking. Behavioral findings indicated that liking was initially unreciprocated at T1 yet became strongly reciprocated by T2. The emergence of affective reciprocity was partly explained by the reciprocal pathways linking dyad members' T1 neural data both to their own and to each other's T2 liking outcomes. These findings elucidate interpersonal brain mechanisms that define how we ultimately end up liking particular interaction partners, how group members' initially idiosyncratic sentiments become reciprocated, and more broadly, how dyads evolve. This study advances a flexible framework for researching the neural foundations of interpersonal sentiments and social relations that-conceptually, methodologically, and statistically-emphasizes group members' neural interdependence.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1802176115

    View details for Web of Science ID 000430697500053

    View details for PubMedID 29632195

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5924932

  • Bringing Anomie Back In: Exceptional Events and Excess Suicide SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCE Anthony Hoffman, M., Bearman, P. S. 2015; 2: 186–210

    View details for DOI 10.15195/v2.a10

    View details for Web of Science ID 000436987000008