Ryan Seebruck

About Ryan Seebruck

I earned my PhD in sociology at the University of Arizona in December 2015. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright and Boren Foundations, among others. My dissertation, "Engineering Equality: The Organization of Education Labor Markets and the Distribution of Teacher Quality in Japan", is a mixed-methods analysis of Japan's mandatory teacher rotation system. It is both the first in-depth, qualitative account of the system and the first quantitative comparison of its effects.




Areas of Study

Research Interests

I am interested in how theories and parameters within these subfields interact with and inform each other: structural inequality, particularly in labor market and educational opportunities, organizational theory, social network analysis, and methodology.

Selected Publications


7. Savage, Scott V. and Ryan Seebruck*. 2016. "Race, Supervisorial Change, and Job Outcomes: Employability Resilience in NCAA Division I College Basketball Coaching." Sociological Quarterly 57:415-436.

6. Seebruck, Ryan. 2016. "Examining the Maldistribution in Teacher Quality: A Spatial Analysis of the Distribution of Credentialed Educators in California Schools." California Geographer 55:55-82.

5. Seebruck, Ryan. 2015. "A Typology of Hackers: Classifying Cyber Malfeasance using a Weighted Arc Circumplex Model." Digital Investigation 14:36-45.

4. Seebruck, Ryan. 2015. "Teacher Quality and Student Achievement: A Multilevel Analysis of California's School Districts." McGill Sociological Review 5:1-18.

3. Savage, Scott V. and Ryan Seebruck*. 2015. "The Road to the Top: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Mobility in the Elite Labor Market of College Basketball." Sociological Focus 48(3):208-227.

2. Seebruck, Ryan and Scott V. Savage*. 2014. "The Differential Effects of Racially Homophilous Sponsorship Ties on Job Opportunities in an Elite Labor Market: The Case of NCAA Basketball Coaching." Sociological Inquiry 84(1):75-101.

1. Seebruck, Ryan. 2013. "Technology and Tolerance in Japan: Internet Use and Positive Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Foreigners." Social Science Japan Journal 16(2):279-300.


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Courses Taught


R Programming for Statistical Analysis

A week-long, intensive seminar covering data wrangling and cleanup, project management, functional programming, and advanced methodological topics such as sampling and weighting.



Undergraduate courses taught at the University of Arizona:


Social Networks (SOC 430)

Methodological and theoretical overview of social network analysis and its application to studying the structure of ties.


Complex Organizations (SOC 422)

Theories and research regarding large-scale organization and their relations to the individual and society.


Sociology of Terrorism (SOC 414)

Social science theories and research concerning the causes of international terrorism, state terrorism, and social revolutions.


Collective Behavior and Social Movements (SOC 313)

The study of riots, panics, crazes, reform and revolutionary movements, their origins, social bases, careers, and consequences.


World Populations (SOC 189)

Basic concepts of population studies, analysis of social trends, problems and solutions in relation to environmental factors, with reference to both advanced and developing nations.