Marc Berman

Faculty Director for the Masters in Computational Social Science Program; Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

McGiffert House
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 205
(773) 702-1436

Dr. Berman is Faculty Director for the Masters in Computational Social Science Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and 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.


Rick Evans

Senior Lecturer in Computational Social Science; Director, Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory; Fellow, Becker Friedman Institute

McGiffert House
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 208
(773) 702-9169

Dr. Evans came to UChicago in the fall of 2016 as a Senior Lecturer for the Masters of Computational Social Science Program, the Director of the Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory, and a Fellow for the Becker Friedman Institute. Dr. Evans specializes in macroeconomics, public economics, computational economics, and international macroeconomics. Rick was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the BYU Macroeconomics and Computational Laboratory and one of the original nine members of the Utah Economic Council. ​Rick is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Utah, a chapter of the National Association of Business Economics. Aside from his educational experience, Rick began his economic career as a Research Economist at Thredgold Economic Associates in Salt Lake City, providing state and national economic analysis for Zions Bank and their operations in eight western states. He has also spent time as a researcher at the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and as an economic consultant. Rick has most recently partnered with the Open Source Policy Center at the American Enterprise Institute in building its large-scale macroeconomic model for dynamic scoring and integrating it with the microsimulation static scoring model. For more information, please visit his homepage​. 


Benjamin Soltoff

Lecturer in Computational Social Science

McGiffert House
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 209
(773) 702-9360

Dr. Soltoff came to UChicago in the fall of 2016 as a lecturer in the 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 completed his BA in political science at James Madison University and both his MA and PhD at Pennsylvania State University. For more information, visit his homepage.