Ronald Breiger has been named a Regents’ Professor by the Arizona Board of Regents.
The title of Regents’ Professor is the highest level of recognition bestowed on faculty in the Arizona state university system. It recognizes full professors whose work has garnered national and international distinction; no more than 3 percent of faculty can hold the title at any given time.
Ronald Breiger is professor of sociology in the School of Sociology in the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with affiliations in statistics and government and public policy. One of the world's foremost authorities on the modeling and analysis of social networks, Breiger has played an important role in applying network analytic techniques to the study of terrorism. His research leveraged mathematics to study cultural systems and societal relationships and established foundational and algorithmic principles for computational tools used worldwide today. Breiger remains a very active researcher, as evidenced by his continuing ability to receive substantial support from many different funding agencies. His commitment to undergraduate and graduate education is exceptional. Many of his students are now renowned scholars in their own right. His contributions to scholarly professional service are vast, and one of the most significant was his chairmanship of a National Academy of Sciences workshop on dynamic social network modeling and analysis in 2002. Other highly influential positions he has held include election as chair of the Section on Mathematical Sociology of the American Sociological Association, and editor of Social Networks.