About David

David Diehl is Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. In various ways Dr. Diehl’s research focuses on the social and organizational dynamics of educational institutions like schools, classrooms and universities. More specifically, he studies how the opportunity structures and cultural logics of schools and school practices shape, and are in turn shaped by, social networks and relationships. He is especially interested in how these dynamics play out during school change efforts as reformers attempt to instantiate contested moral ideals about how teachers and students ought to live and learn together. 

Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Diehl works at the intersection of network analysis, interactionism and organizational theory. Recent publications include: “Teacher Professional Learning Communities and Institutional Complexity: Negotiating Tensions Between Institutional Logics” in Sociological Spectrum; “Re-enchantment of School Bureaucracy: The Historical Relationship Between Rationality and Romanticism” in Educational Theory; and "Following the Leader: The Evolving Network of Charter School Giving" in Teachers College Record