Mario L. Small was appointed dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Dr. Small has been serving as a professor of sociology and chair of the department of sociology at the university.
Professor Small is a native of Panama. He is a graduate of Carleton College and holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, where his faculty adviser was William Julius Wilson. Dr. Small served on the faculty at Princeton University from 2002 to 2006.
Dr. Small is the author of Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio (University of Chicago Press) and Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life (Oxford University Press).