Arnout van de Rijt is full professor of Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Until January 2021, Arnout van de Rijt works part time as Professor of Sociology and Designated Chair for the UU strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. He leads the research line Computational Sociology at the Department of Sociology. Van de Rijt received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2007 and worked until 2016 as Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University in the USA, where he co-founded and -led the Center for Computational Social Science.
Van de Rijt serves on the editorial boards of Social Networks and Journal of Mathematical Sociology, and is consulting editor for American Journal of Sociology and Sociological Science. He is an elected fellow of the European Academy of Sociology. Van de Rijt received the 2017 Raymond Boudon Award for early career achievement from the European Academy of Sociology "for his influential work in various areas within sociology including social networks, collective action, mathematical sociology, and computational and experimental methods". He was also awarded the 2010 Freeman Award from the International Network of Social Network Analysis for distinguished scholarship in the field of social networks. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation for his field-experimental work on Matthew effects and various awards from the American Sociological Association for contributions to Mathematical Sociology, Cultural Sociology, and Communication, Information Technology and Media Sociology. His papers have been published in such journals as PNAS, American Sociological Review, and the American Journal of Sociology. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in various media, among which the Economist and Nature News.