James Evans

Director, Knowledge Lab; Professor, Sociology, University of Chicago; Fellow, Computation Institute; Co-Director, Masters in Computational Social Science Program

Social Sciences Research Building, Room 420
(773) 702-9168

Dr. Evans is the Director of the Knowledge Lab, a Fellow in the Computation Institute, and the Co-Director for the Masters in Computational Social Science Program. In addition to his leadership duties, Dr. Evans is a Professor in Sociology with research that focuses on the collective system of thinking and knowing, ranging from the distribution of attention and intuition, the origin of ideas and shared habits of reasoning to processes of agreement (and dispute), accumulation of certainty (and doubt), and the texture—novelty, ambiguity, topology—of human understanding. He is especially interested in innovation—how new ideas and practices emerge—and the role that social and technical institutions (e.g., the Internet, markets, collaborations) play in collective cognition and discovery. For more information, visit his homepage.


Marc Berman

Co-Director, Masters in Computational Social Science Program; Director of the Environmental Neuroscience Lab; Associate Professor of Psychology

(773) 702-1436

Dr. Berman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Co-Director for the Masters in Computational Social Science Program, and Director of the Environmental Neuroscience Lab. He is involved in the Cognition, Social and Integrative Neuroscience programs. Understanding the relationship between individual psychological and neural processing and environmental factors lies at the heart of his research. In his lab they utilize brain imaging, behavioral experimentation, computational neuroscience and statistical models to quantify the person, the environment and their interactions. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Benjamin Soltoff

Assistant Director & Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science

1155 East 60th Street, Room 219
(773) 702-9360

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Dr. Soltoff is Assistant Director & Assistant Instructional Professor in the Masters in Computational Social Science program. He is a political scientist with concentrations in American government, political methodology, and law and courts. Additionally, he has training and experience in data science, big data analytics, and policy evaluation. He currently teaches courses in introductory programming, machine learning, social scientific research design, and data visualization. For more information, visit his homepage.


Jon Clindaniel

Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science

1155 East 60th Street, Room 215
(773) 702-4829

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Dr. Clindaniel is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Masters in Computational Social Science program and a computational anthropologist, focused on solving difficult archaeological problems using data science techniques. He has worked on archaeological projects around the world in an effort to better understand the human past and is currently focused on deciphering symbols in the Inka khipu sign system using large archaeological databases. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Philip Waggoner

Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science

1155 East 60th Street, Room 221A
(773) 834-6907

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Dr. Waggoner is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Masters in Computational Social Science program and a political scientist applying experimental, statistical, and computational techniques to explore a variety of social science behavior. His research and teaching interests include American political decision-making, machine learning, applied statistics, and statistical computing. For more information, visit his website