Reuben J. Thomas
Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology & Criminology
The University of New Mexico
1915 Roma NE Suite 1103
Albuquerque, NM 87131-001
Office: Social Sciences Building, Room 1070
My most current CV
Thomas, Reuben J. 2020. "Online
Exogamy Reconsidered: Estimating the Internet's Effects on Racial,
Educational, Religious, Political and Age Assortative Mating." Social Forces 98,3: 1257-86.
(working paper version)
Proportions of Couples who Met Online, by Year and Online Source:
Thomas, Reuben J. "Romantic Opportunity Hoarding: Stratified Differences in How Couples Meet."
Rosenfeld, Michael J., Reuben J. Thomas, and Sonia Hausen. 2019. "Disintermediating Your Friends: How Online Dating in the United States Displaces Other Ways of Meeting." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116,36: 17753-8.
Rosenfeld, Michael J., Reuben J. Thomas, and Sonia Hausen. 2019. How Couples Meet and Stay Together 2017 Fresh Sample. [Computer files]. Stanford, CA. Stanford University Libraries.
Thomas, Reuben J. 2014. "Online Dating Can Change The World, But So Far It Hasn't." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.
Rosenfeld, Michael J. and Reuben J. Thomas. 2012. "Searching for a Mate: The Rise of the Internet as a Social Intermediary." American Sociological Review 77,4:523-47.
Rosenfeld, Michael J. and Reuben J. Thomas. 2009. How Couples Meet and Stay Together, Wave I: Public version 1.01 [Computer file]. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Libraries, 2009-11-01.
England, Paula and Reuben J. Thomas. 2006. "The Decline of the Date and the Rise of the College Hook Up." in Arlene Skolnick
and Jerome Skolnick (ed.) Family in Transition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
[Reprinted 2009 in Susan J. Ferguson (ed.) Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology. New York: McGraw Hill.]
Thomas, Reuben J. 2019. "Sources of Friendship and
Structurally-Induced Homophily Across the Life Course." Sociological Perspectives 62,6: 822-43.
(working paper version)
How Americans Meet the Two Non-Family Friends They Most Often Socialize With, by Gender and Age Met:
Randall Munroe's adaption for his new book, combining women and men:
Thomas, Reuben J. and Daniel A McFarland. 2010. "Joining Young, Voting Young: The Effects of Youth Voluntary Associations on Early Adult Voting." Working Paper No. 73, The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), Tufts University, Medford, MA.
McFarland, Daniel, James Moody, Jeff A. Smith, David Diehl and Reuben J. Thomas. 2014. "Network Ecology and Adolescent Social Structure." American Sociological Review 79,6:1088-121.
McFarland, Daniel A. and Reuben J. Thomas. 2006. "Bowling Young: How Youth Voluntary Associations Influence Adult Political Participation." American Sociological Review 71,3:401-25.
Thomas, Reuben J. and Noah P. Mark. 2013. "Population Size, Network Density, and the Emergence of Inherited Inequality." Social Forces 92,2:521-44.
KQED (San Francisco), Forum (panelist), "The Decade in Dating," with Rachel Myrow, 12/27/2019.
Albuquerque Journal, "Old Dating Ways Outdated; Love Now Found on Apps," Ryan Boetel, 11/3/2019.
Satuday Night Live, Weekend Update, "Pete Davidson on Sexually Transmitted Diseases," (the part about online dating desegregating, at 1:17), 10/12/2019.
NBC News (op-ed), "Online Dating, Now the Most Common Way Couples Meet, is Desegregating America," Reuben J. Thomas (me), 10/6/2019.
Forge, "How to Make Friends the Hard Way and the Easy Way," Randall Munroe (of xkcd.com), 8/28/2019. Also in his new book HOW TO: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
Slate.com, "How Meet Cutes Have Changed in the 21st Century," Heather Schwedel, 7/15/2019.
Washington Post, "Tinder has more matchmaking power than your BFF. But dating apps aren't necessarily your friends." Lisa Bonos & Andrew Van Dam, 6/19/2019.
Quartz, "Friend Zone: Here's where Americans meet the friends they see the most," Corinne Purtill & Dan Kopf, 9/12/2018
The Economist, "Meet markets: How the internet has changed dating," 8/18/2018
Market Watch, "Online dating is bringing Americans of all religions, race and classes together," Quentin Fotrell, 3/7/2018
BBC News, "Love and dating after the Tinder revolution," Padraig Belton, 2/13/2018
New York Times, "First Comes Tinder, Then Comes Marriage?" Sophia Kercher, 4/19/2017
Atlanta Journal & Constitution, myAJC.com, "New
study: Why cliques flourish in some high schools and not others," Maureen Downey, 11/7/2014
Boston Globe, Uncommon Knowledge, "Inequality: Blame Social Networks?" Kevin Lewis, 8/11/2013
Jezebel.com, "You Won't Meet Prince Charming at the Supermarket, No Matter What Crystal Light Says," Anna North, 1/10/2012