Winter 2021


  • March 4: Mis- and Disinformation Dynamics in Critical Conversations - Renee Diresta, Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • February 25: (In)citing Action to Realize an Equitable Future - Danielle Bassett, J. Peter Skirkanich Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Departments of Bioengineering, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Neurology, and Psychiatry
  • February 18: Resilience to Online Censorship - Margaret (Molly) Roberts, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California San Diego
  • February 11: Online Rumors, Misinformation and Disinformation: The Perfect Storm of COVID-19 - Kate Starbird, Associate Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
  • February 4: Chinese Online Discussion Around Democracy in the 2010s - Yinxian Zhang, Assistant Professor of Sociology, CUNY Queens College. 
  • January 28: #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice - Brooke Foucault Welles, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Northeastern University
  • January 21: The Curse of Abundance: Understanding and Managing Personal Effects in the Digital Age - Chris Kanich, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • January 14: Artificial Intelligence for Social Good: When Machines Learn Human-Like Biases from Data - Aylin Caliskan, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering & Applied Science, George Washington University

Autumn 2020


  • November 19: Pandemic Policymaking - Philip Waggoner, Assistant Instructional Professor in the Masters in the Computational Social Science program and a Political Scientist
  • November 12: Clustering Countries-Improving Measurement in Comparative Political Research - Brooke Luetgert, Computational Scientist - SSD Research & Computing Center; Lecturer in Digital Studies, University of Chicago
  • November 5: Children as a Solution to Explore Exploitations - Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
  • October 29: Why We Don't Click: Interrogating the Relationship Between Viewing and Clicking in Social Media Contexts by Exploring the 'Non-Click' - Nicole B. Ellison, Karl E. Weick Collegiate Professor of Information in the School of Information, University of Michigan
  • October 22: Experimentation and Incrementalism: The Impact of the Adoption of A/B Testing - Berk Can Deniz, Doctoral Student, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Macro Organizational Behavior Goup, Stanford University
  • October 15: Rethinking Depression in Cities: Evidence and Theory for Lower Rates in Larger Urban Areas - Andrew J. Stier, Doctoral Student in the Integrative Neuroscience Program, University of Chicago and Marc G. Berman, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; Co-Director, Master’s in computational social science Program; and Director of the Environmental Neuroscience Lab
  • October 8 - The Inka Writing System: An Exploration of Khipu Sign Conventions (Recording) - Jon Clindaniel, Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science, University of Chicago  

Spring 2020


  • May 28 - Social Bootstrapping of Economic Value - Lynette Shaw, Assistant Professor of Complex Systems, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan
  • May 21 - Gender Stereotypes Reflected in the Distributional Structure of 25 Languages - Molly Lewis, Research Scientist - Psychology and Social Decision Sciences Departments, Carnegie Mellon University
  • May 14 - Protecting Privacy in a World Filled with Smart Devices - Heather Zheng, Neubauer Professor of Computer Science, University of Chicago
  • May 7 - The Structure of U.S. College Networks on Facebook - Bogdan State, Data Scientist Facebook
  • April 30 - Human-in-the-Loop Machine Learning - Robert Munro, Author, "Human-in-the-Loop Machine Learning"
  • April 9 - Drawings of Real-World Scenes during Free Recall Reveal Detailed Object and Spatial Information in Memory - Wilma Bainbridge, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

Winter 2020


  • March 6 - How Exploitation and Exploration Shape the Knowledge Space - Hyejin Youn, Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management    
  • February 27 - Modeling Context-Dependent Latent Effect Heterogeneity with Applications to Study Public Political Polarization - Diogo Ferrari, Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science, University of Chicago   
  • February 6 - School, Studying, And Smarts: The Gender of Education Across 80 Years of American Print Media, 1930-2009 - Andrei Boutyline, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
  • January 30th - Network Structures of Collective Intelligence: The Contingent Benefits of Group Discussion - Joshua Becker, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University
  • January 23rd - Toward a Science of Failure - Dashun Wang, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • January 16th - Designing for Trust: A Behavioral Framework For Sharing Economy Platforms - Paolo Parigi  - Lead Trust Scientist – Airbnb and Natã Barbosa - Phd Candidate - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences 
  • January 9th - Network Science or Applied Graph Theory? Examining the Network of Indirect Collaboration in a Department of Mathematic - Moses Boudourides, Visiting Professor of Mathematics - New York University Abu Dhabi; Faculty - Northwestern University School of Professional Studies Data Science Program  

Autumn 2019


  • November 14th - Islamophobia and Media Portrayals of Muslim Women: A Computational Text Analysis of US News Coverage - Rochelle Terman, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science, University of Chicago
  • November 7th - How to Measure Legislative District Compactness If You only Know it When You See it - Gary King, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University
  • October 31st - Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World - Jevin West, Associate Professor - Information School, University of Washington & Carl Bergstrom, Professor of Computational Biology and Behavior, University of Washington
  • October 24th - Machine Politics: A Roundtable - Fred Turner, Professor of Communication (Stanford University), Adrian Johns, Professor of History (UChicago) & Joel Isaac, Professor of Social Thought (UChicago)
  • October 17th - Science and Technology Advance through Surprise - James Evans, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Knowledge Lab, Faculty Director of the Master’s Program in Computational Social Science, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, University of Chicago
  • October 10th - Big Data in Medicine: A panel of distinguished University of Chicago faculty - Chaired by Jeremy Greene, a renowned historian of medicine (John Hopkins School of Medicine)

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Spring 2018


  • May 24: Embedding Relational Data Using Pytorch - Bogdan State, Data Scientist, Facebook
  • April 5: Exposure to Opposing Views Can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media - Chris Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Duke University
  • May 17: Cities, Collective Knowhow, and Economic Development - Andres Gomez, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Growth Lab, Center for International Development, Harvard University       
  • May 10: Activity Space and Neighborhood Social Context - Kathleen Cagney, Professor of Sociology and the College; Director, Population Research Center, University of Chicago 
  • May 4: Radical markets & Democracy in the Information Age - Authors: Eric Posner & Glen Weyl   Discussants: Karin Knorr, Steve LevittJennifer Pitts, and Andrew Chien
  • April 26: Online Field Experiments: Studying Social Interactions in Context - Paolo Parigi, Lead Trust Scientist, Airbnb
  • April 12: When Less is More: Experimental Evidence on Information Delivery During India's Demonetization - Ben Golub, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University                                                                                                                                             

Winter 2018


  • February 22: Cycles of Conflict, A Century of Continuity: Using Computational Methods to Measure Why Some Ideas Succeed and Others Fail - Laura Nelson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University
  • February 15: How the Questions We Ask Affect the Answers We Get: A Lesson from Asking Rats How They Smell - Leslie Kay, Professor, Department of Psychology and the College, University of Chicago   
  • February 1: Open-Source Modeling for Policy Analysis and Research - Richard Evans, Senior Lecturer in Computational Social Science; Director, Open-Source Macroeconomics Laboratory; Fellow, Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago     
  • January 26: The Wisdom of Polarized Crowds - James Evans, Director, Knowledge Lab; Professor, Sociology, University of Chicago; Senior Fellow, Computation Institute; Faculty Director, Master’s Program in Computational Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • January 19: Why Networks Matter to Suicide: Examining the Cultural Underpinnings of Suicide Diffusion in Adolescence - Anna Mueller, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development and the College, University of Chicago  
  • January 11: Trade, Merchants, and the Lost Cities of the Bronze Age - Ali Hortaçsu, Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago     

Fall 2017


  • November 16: Causal Analysis - Guanglei Hong, Associate Professor, Comparative Human Development, Executive Committee for Computational Social Science at The University of Chicago 
  • November 9: Damon Centola, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, Director of the Network Dynamics Group at the University of Pennsylvania  
  • October 26: Science of Science: University, Reputation, Attention, Inflation, and Novelty - Santo Fortunato, Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at Indiana University - Bloomington      
  • October 12: Gender Bias in the Job Market: A Longitudinal Analysis - Ben Zhao, Neubauer Professor of Computer Science, Co-Director at the Systems, Algorithms, Networking, And Data Lab at The University of Chicago      
  • October 5: Information, Spatial Selection, and the Statistics of Neighborhoods - Luís M. A. Bettencourt , Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at The University of Chicago                 

Spring 2017


  • May 25: Can We Trust Online Employer Reviews - Ioana Marinescu, Assistant Professor at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy        
  • May 11: Exploratory and Confirmatory Causal Inference with High Dimensional Interventions - Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University        
  • May 4: Network Anomalies - Michael Macy, Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences in Sociology and Director of the Social Dynamics Laboratory, Cornell University 
  • April 27: Neural and Environmental Factors Related to Self-Control - Marc Berman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago     
  • April 20: How Segregated is Urban Consumption? - Jonathan Dingel, Professor, Chicago Booth School of Business (PhD, Economics)  
  • April 13: Exploring the Ecology of Human Stories - Peter Sheridan Dodds, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Vermont 
  • April 6: The Causes and Consequences of Self-Employment over the Life Cycle - John Eric Humphries, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Chicago