Spring 2019

April 4th - Amos Golan (Event Co-sponsored by the Quantitative Methods Committee)

Professor of Economics, Director of the Info-Metrics Institute, American University

Information, Modeling, and Inference: The Info-Metrics Framework

Amos Golan

April 11th - Abdullah Almaatouq

PhD Student and Research Assistant, Computational Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Wisdom of the Network

Abdullah Almaatouq

April 18th - MACSS Student Conference

An Opportunity for Second Year MACSS Students to Present Their Thesis Research

2nd Year Lightning Talks

NOTE: Special Time and Location: Thursday, 5-7pm - Social Science Research Building 122

MACSS Student Conference

April 25th - Andrey Rzhetsky

Professor, Department of Medicine; Professor, Department of Human Genetics; Senior Fellow, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, University of Chicago

Computational Adventures with Large Datasets

Andrey Rzhetsky

May 2nd - Sihua (Adrienne) Hu

Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Education and Policy, Northwestern University

Teachers in Social Media: Social Science Research in the Fifth Estate

Sihua (Adrienne) Hu

May 16th - Tom Griffiths

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Princeton University

Adventures in Scaling Psychology

Tom Griffiths

May 23rd - Stephanie Palmer

Assistant Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Understanding Vision through the Lens of Prediction

Stephanie Palmer


Winter 2019

January 10th - Ed Awh

Professor, Department of Psychology, The Institute for Mind and Biology, and the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior, University of Chicago

Rhythmic Brain Activity Tracks the timing and Content of Online Spatial Representations

Ed Awh

January 17th - Nicolas Masse

Postdoctoral Scholar and Staff Scientist, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago

Two Stories at the Intersection Between Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

Nicolas Masse

January 24th - Adam Bonica

Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Forecasting Congressional Election Outcomes and Legislative Voting Behavior Using Campaign Finance Data 

Adam Bonica

February 14th - Monica Rosenberg

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Predicting Attention and Working Memory from Functional Brain Activity across Development

Monica Rosenberg

February 21st - Tor Wager

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Colorado Boulder

Neuroimaging of Pain and Emotion: Computation, Representation, and Regulation

Tor Wager

February 28th - Steven Durlauf

Steans Professor of Educational Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago

Some Economics of Social Interactions

Steven Durlauf

Autumn 2018

October 4th - Mixer with CSS Faculty


Mixer with CSS Faculty

October 11th - Marc Berman

Faculty Director of the Masters in Computational Social Science Program; Assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

The Fractal Brain and Cognitive Effort

Marc Berman

October 18th - Zizi Papacharissi

Professor and Department Head of Communication, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Affective Publics: News Storytelling, Sentiment and Technology

Zizi Papacharissi

November 8th - Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy

Understanding Cities through Measurement and Embedded Intelligence

Charlie Catlett

November 29th - Lillian Lee

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Science, Cornell University 

Influence: Watch your Language? Analyzing Phrasing Effects in Movies, Twitter and Changemyview

Lillian Lee

Spring 2018


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



Chris Bail


April 12: When Less is More: Experimental Evidence on Information Delivery During India's Demonetization

Ben Golub

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Ben Golub



April 26: Online Field Experiments: Studying Social Interactions in Context        

Paolo Parigi

Lead Trust Scientist, Airbnb



Paolo Parigi


May 4: Radical markets & Democracy in the Information Age (11:00am - 1:00pm in Saieh 203)

Authors: Eric Posner & Glen Weyl    

Discussants: Karin Knorr, Steve LevittJennifer Pitts, and Andrew Chien



Radical markets & Democracy in the Information Age


May 10: Activity Space and Neighborhood Social Context

Kathleen Cagney

Professor of Sociology and the College; Director, Population Research Center, University of Chicago


Kathleen Cagney


May 17: Cities, Collective Knowhow, and Economic Development

Andres Gomez

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Growth Lab, Center for International Development, Harvard University


Andres Gomez


May 24: Embedding Relational Data Using Pytorch

Bogdan State

Data Scientist, Facebook


Bogdan State

Winter 2018


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


Ali Hortaçsu


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


Anna Mueller



January 26: The Wisdom of Polarized Crowds

James Evans

Director, Knowledge Lab; Professor, Sociology, University of Chicago; Senior Fellow, Computation Institute; Faculty Director, Masters Program in Computational Social Sciences, University of Chicago


James Evans


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


Richard Evans


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


Leslie Kay


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



Laura Nelson

Fall 2017


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              

Luís M. A. Bettencourt   


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     


Ben Zhao


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


Santo Fortunato


November 9:

Damon Centola 

Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, Director of the Network Dynamics Group at the University of Pennsylvania


Damon Centola


November 16: Causal Analysis

Guanglei Hong 

Associate Professor, Comparative Human Development, Executive Committee for Computational Social Science at The University of Chicago


Guanglei Hong


From last year's archive:

Spring 2017


April 6: The Causes and Consequences of Self-Employment over the Life Cycle                                                                           

John Eric Humphries

PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Chicago 


John Eric Humphries


April 13: Exploring the Ecology of Human Stories

Peter Sheridan Dodds

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Vermont 


Peter Sheridan Dodds


April 20: How Segregated is Urban Consumption?

Jonathan Dingel

Professor, Chicago Booth School of Business (PhD, Economics)


Jonathan Dingel


April 27: Neural and Environmental Factors Related to Self-Control

Marc Berman

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago 


Marc Berman


May 4: Network Anomalies

Michael Macy 

Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences in Sociology and Director of the Social Dynamics Laboratory, Cornell University 


Michael Macy   


May 11: Exploratory and Confirmatory Causal Inference with High Dimensional Interventions

Justin Grimmer

Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University 


Justin Grimmer


May 25: Can We Trust Online Employer Reviews

Ioana Marinescu

Assistant Professor at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy


Ioana Marinescu