Apkarian, Jacob

Apkarian, Jacob

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2986
Office Location: AC-4D06B

Office Hours  
Tuesday  1:00pm - 4:00pm 


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  University of California, Riverside  Sociology  2015 
BS  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Physics  2005 
Jacob Apkarian is an Assistant Professor of Sociology currently studying organizational behavior in corporate finance and higher education. His recent research examines competing logics in corporate finance as well as governance in higher education. He is interested in quantitative methods and teaches research methods and statistics to sociology, anthropology, and political science majors. He has recently published an online open access textbook covering statistical analysis of social network data with Robert A. Hanneman (Statistical Analysis of Social Networks), and drawing on theories from the imaging sciences, is currently developing a novel matching coefficient to measure the similarity of survey responses across individuals. Jacob has applied his expertise in statistical modeling to collaborate on research in a variety of substantive areas including criminal justice, political science, and social psychology.

Areas of Expertise

Political Economy
Higher Education
Social Networks
Quantitative Methods

Books in Field Of Expertise

Apkarian, Jacob and Robert A. Hanneman. 2016. Statistical Analysis of Social Networks: An Online Open Access Textbook. Jamaica, NY: CUNY, York College. (http://web.york.cuny.edu/~japkarian/).

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Torres, J., & Apkarian, J. 2018. "Banishment: A Test of Specific Deterrence in Public Housing." Criminology and Public Policy. forthcoming : .

Apkarian, J. 2018. "Opposition to Shareholder Value: Bond Rating Agencies and Conflicting Logics in Corporate Finance." Socio-Economic Review. 16(1) : 85-112.

Torres, J., Apkarian, J., & Hawdon, J. 2016. "Banishment in Public Housing: Testing an Evolution of Broken Windows." Social Sciences. 5(4) : 61.

Apkarian, J., Bowler, S., Hanneman, R., & Martin, B. 2015. "Donor Motivations in the California State Legislature: A Social Network Analysis of Campaign Contributions." Connections. 35(1) : 36-51.

Nieri, T., Apkarian, J., Kulis, S., & Marsiglia, F. F. 2015. "Effects of a Youth Substance Use Prevention Program on Stealing, Fighting, and Weapon Use." Journal of Primary Prevention. 36(1) : 41-49.

Apkarian, J., Mulligan, K., Rotondi, M. B., & Brint, S. 2014. "Who Governs? Academic decision-making in U.S. four-year colleges and universities, 2000-2012." Tertiary Education and Management. 20(2) : 151-164.

Apkarian, J., Fletcher, J. B., Chase-Dunn, C., & Hanneman, R. A. 2013. "Hierarchy in Mixed Relation Networks: Warfare Advantage and Resource Distribution in Simulated World-Systems." Journal of Social Structure. 14(1) : 1-17.

Malofeeva, E., Milligan, K., Avery, D., Hanneman, R., Apkarian, J., & Ruvalcaba, M. 2011. "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Childhood Obesity Prevention: Social Network Analysis Policy Brief." . Award ID: 68538 and 69281.

Fletcher, J. B., Apkarian, J., Roberts, A., Lawrence, K., Chase-Dunn, C., & Hanneman, R. A. 2011. "War Games: Simulating Collins’ Theory of Battle Victory." Cliodynamics: the Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History. 2(2) : 252-275.

Fletcher, J. B., Apkarian, J., Hanneman, R. A., Inoue, H., Lawrence, K., & Chase-Dunn, C. 2011. "Demographic Regulators in Small- Scale World-Systems." Structure and Dynamics. 5(1) : 1-31.

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Herbert, W. A. & Apkarian, J. 2017. "Everything Passes, Everything Changes: Unionization and Collective Bargaining in Higher Education." Perspectives on Work. 21(1) : 30-35.

Monographs in Field Of Expertise

Torres, J., & Apkarian, J. 2018. "Policy Evaluation of NRHA’s Trespass/Ban Policy." . Technical report for the Chief of Police and Assistant Chiefs of Police in the Norfolk Police Department: (Norfolk, VA).

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Opacity vs. Objectivity: Tension in the Increasingly Scrutinized Corporate Credit Rating Industry " 2017: Eastern Sociological Society.

" The Legitimacy Paradox in Corporate Credit Rating " 2016: Southern Sociological Society.

" Banishment in Public Housing: Deterrence and Displacement " 2016: American Society of Criminology.

" Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations and the Promotion of Institutional Myths " 2014: American Sociological Association.

" Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Agencies as Agents of Institutional Isomorphism " 2013: American Sociological Association.

" Political Conditions for Successful Military Coups 1940-1984: A Boolean Classification Analysis " 2012: American Sociological Association.

" The Rationality behind Network Emergence " 2011: American Sociological Association.

" Simulating Dynamic Rationality and the Emergence of Network Structures " 2011: Pacific Sociological Association.

" The Dynamics of Synchronization in World Systems: A Formal Model " 2010: American Sociological Association.

" Complex Dynamics of a System of Simple Settlements " 2010: Pacific Sociological Association.

" The Human Demographic Regulator " 2009: American Sociological Association.


PSC-CUNY Research Grant, "Governance Board Networks in Postsecondary Education". 2017: $5956.

Virginia Tech: Niles Research Award, "The Impact of Boards on Institutional Trends in Higher Education". 2016: $4000, Declined by recipient.

National Science Foundation, "Statistical Rating Organizations and Institutional Isomorphism" (SES- 1408572). 2014: $5569.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Organizer and Moderator for "Financialization of Higher Education" Panel at the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining Annual Conference: 2018.

Organizer and Moderator for "Markets and Higher Education" Panel at the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining Annual Conference: 2017.

Ad Hoc Reviewer: Socio-Economic Review, Political Research Quarterly, Research in Higher Education, Social Currents, Structure and Dynamics, Ekonomika: 2009 - Present.