James Evans

Director, Knowledge Lab; Max Palevsky 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 Max Palevsky 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

Green 416
(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.


Jean Clipperton

Associate Director of MACSS, Associate Senior Instructional Professor

1155 E. 60th Street
Room 219

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Dr. Clipperton is the Associate Director of MACSS and Associate Senior Instructional Professor. She is a political scientist with concentrations in comparative politics, political methodology, and complex systems. Her research focuses on questions of institutional design and change and she primarily teaches courses on agent based modeling, research design, data visualization, and introductory programming.


Jon Clindaniel

Assistant Senior Instructional Professor, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

1155 E. 60th Street
Room 215
(773) 702-4829

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Dr. Clindaniel is an Assistant Senior Instructional Professor in the Masters in Computational Social Science program and a computational anthropologist. His research broadly centers around investigating the articulation between digitality and materiality from a computational perspective in order to better understand material culture -- in both the ancient and contemporary world. For example, he has used large archaeological databases to decipher symbols in the undeciphered Inka khipu sign system, as well as investigated contemporary material culture concerns, such as the political geography of facemask production in the Etsy digital marketplace. For more information, please visit his homepage


Victor O. Lima

Senior Instructional Professor in Economics; Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics

Saieh Hall
Room 105
(773) 834-6672

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Dr. Lima is a Senior Instructional Professor in Economics and the College, as well as Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics.  His research interests include monetary economics, social effects, and unemployment effects of labor regulation. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Min Sok Lee

Assistant Senior Instructional Professor in Economics

Saieh Hall
Room 104
(773) 834-1754

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Dr. Lee is an Assistant Senior Instructional Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago, teaching undergraduate courses in principles of microeconomics and intermediate microeconomics. Min Lee holds a BA in economics from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.


Sabrina Nardin

Assistant Instructional Professor in MACSS

1155 E. 60th Street
Room 221-A

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Dr. Nardin is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Masters in Computational Social Science program. She is a sociologist focusing on cultural and political processes. Her work merges computational methods, such as network analysis and natural language processing, with qualitative approaches and historical research. 


Zhao Wang

Assistant Instructional Professor in MACSS

1155 E. 60th Street
Room 221

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Dr. Wang is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Masters in Computational Social Science program. She is a computer scientist and her research is at the intersection of Machine Learning, Natural language Processing, and Social Media Analysis. She has conducted fundamental research to leverage computer science techniques to analyze large-scale online data, explore problems of social importance, and provide insights into social issues. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Sanja Miklin

MA Teaching Fellow, Computational Social Science

1155 E. 60th Street
Room 213A
(773) 834-6207

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Sanja received her PhD from the Department of Comparative Human Development in 2021 and is currently an MA Teaching Fellow in MACSS. Sanja has received interdisciplinary training spanning anthropology, sociolog, psychology, and linguistics, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her main interest is in the construction of social problems, and she uses a mixed-methods approach—including computational methods such as content and network analysis—to examine how scientific knowledge production, activism, policy, media, and public opinion interact in moving attention and resources to different concerns. Through this, she seeks to better understand how societies conceptualize risk, how they make decisions under uncertainty and material constraints, and how they are, or are not, orienting different efforts towards the future (e.g. with respect to global climate change, aging populations, different kinds of existential risks, etc.). Her PhD focuses on suicide and suicide prevention, so she also conducts research on suicide and mental health.

Sanja Miklin

Shilin Jia

MA Teaching Fellow, Computational Social Science

1155 E. 60th Street
Room 215A
(773) 702-6591

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Shilin’s research interest lies in applying computational methods to studies of politics and organizations.  He is experienced with network analysis, content analysis, and statistical modeling. His research includes studies of mobility patterns of communist party elites in China and changing rhetoric in the People’s Daily. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Pedro Alberto Arroyo

MA Teaching Fellow, Computational Social Science

1155 E. 60th Street
Room 217
(857)334-7166

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Pedro Alberto Arroyo is a postdoctoral Social Sciences Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology and the College. He holds a BA in sociology from Tufts University and a Masters of Education from Boston University. He is interested in exploring how individuals and groups make meaning of the social landscape as well as how these mental states shape collective action and social outcomes, often in unexpected ways. To accomplish this, Pedro Alberto uses a mixed-methods approach, including computational content analysis and archival research. He is currently working on a series of projects examining ballot initiatives aimed at promoting English-only public education.