About me

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Cornell University, and a member of Michael Macy’s Social Dynamics Laboratory.

My Ph.D. committee consists of Michael Macy, Filiz Garip, Eleonora Patacchini, and Felix Elwert. I am a research assistant of Kelly Musick.

My research examines social structure from a geographical, temporal, and network perspective. I am particularly interested in the role of social networks in the genesis of social inequality.

Prior to studying at Cornell University, I received a B.A. in Sociology and Economics (minor) from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and an M.Sc. in Sociology (with distinction) as well as an M.Sc. in Methods and Statistics from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands).

You can find me here:
Cornell University
109 Tower Road
367 Uris Hall
Ithaca NY, 14853

You can email me: fbr33 at cornell dot edu

You can schedule an appointment with me: https://calendly.com/benrosche


  • I’m going to present my project with Kelly Musick “The Changing Impact of Parenthood on Earnings Inequality From 1989–2019” at PAA 2021 in session 200 “Advances in Poverty and Inequality Research“. The presentation is on Friday, May 7 at 10:45 am ET.
  • I reviewed a paper for Sociological Methods and Research (Feb 2021)
  • Attended the virtual ASA annual meeting (August 8-11, 2020), presenting my paper “Cross-SES friendship and socioeconomic attainment in the US“.
  • My paper “A multilevel model for coalition governments: Uncovering dependencies within and across governments due to parties” has won the Robert B. McGinnis graduate student paper award, recognizing an outstanding contribution using sophisticated sociological methods (June 2020)
  • I have submitted my first paper, “How internal party politics destabilize coalitions. Party organization and the interdependence structure of government survival” for consideration for publication (April 2020)
  • I reviewed my first paper for the American Journal of Sociology (Dec 2019)
  • Attended the American Political Science Association Conference in Washington DC (August 29-September 1, 2019)
  • Attended the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Retreat on Simulation in Rostock, Germany (July 1-3, 2019)
  • Attended the BIGSSS Summer Schools in Computational Social Science in Sardinia, Italy (June 10-21, 2019)
  • Attended the Cornell Sociology Symposium (March 7, 2019) and presented “Good from far but far from good. On machine learning and the fixed effect cult
  • Attended XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (June 26 – July 1, 2018)
  • Attended PAA 2018 in Denver, Colorado (April 26-28, 2018), presenting my paper on accomplishing micro-macro aggregations with richly parametrized linear models
  • Attended the 11th International Multilevel Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (April 12-13, 2017), presenting my paper on accomplishing micro-macro aggregations with richly parametrized linear models
  • Attended the 2016 International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse in Oslo, Norway (August 31 – September 2, 2016), presenting our paper on survey attitude and nonresponse

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