I am currently a professor in the Departments of Sociology and Statistics and the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. For those who are interested, an always mildly out of date copy of my vita is available here. (See also my faculty profile, which may or may not be slightly less out of date.)
I joined the UCI faculty in 2002, after receiving my Ph.D. from the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. I also hold an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. from Duke University. I currently serve as an area editor for the journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, and serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Mathematical Sociology and Sociological Methodology. I have served as a council member of the American Sociological Association's Section on Mathematical Sociology, hold paper awards from the ASA's Sections on Mathematical Sociology, Rationality and Society, and Aging and the Life Course, and am a recipient of the Leo A. Goodman Award from the ASA's Section on Methodology and the Linton C. Freeman Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis.
At UCI, I am a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the California Institute for Hazards Research. I am also a member of the UCI Center for Organizational Research, the Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems, and the Center for Emergency Response Technology, and am the coordinator of the UCI Social Network Research Group. I am also the founding director of the UCI Center for Networks and Relational Analysis.
The Networks, Computation, and Social Dynamics Lab works on a range of problems related to social networks, organizations, technology, and behavior in emergency settings. We are housed in the Calit2 facility, and enjoy strong ties with our colleagues in sociology, engineering, and computer science. Students interested in joining the lab should contact me for more information.
My research involves the application of formal (i.e., mathematical and computational) techniques to theoretical and methodological problems within the areas of social network analysis, mathematical sociology, quantitative methodology, and human judgment and decision making. Currently, my work focuses on: the structure of spatially embedded large-scale interpersonal networks; models for informant accuracy, network inference, and graph comparison; graphical representations of life history data; and models for human behavior in strategic situations. I am also interested in social phenomena related to emergency situations, and am involved in research which seeks to combine social science and information technology to improve group and organizational responses to disasters and other adverse events. My teaching interests include social networks, the sociology of decision making, quantitative methodology, and computational methods.
Research Topics at a Glance
Network Visualizations from My Lab
I am currently supervising five Ph.D students in the Department of Sociology, and one in EECS: Zack Almquist, Sean Fitzhugh, Ben Gibson, Emma Smith, Emma Spiro, and Xuhong Zhang. Ph.D students I have graduated (yes, it does eventually happen!) so far include Christin Hilgeman, Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, Ryan Acton, Chris Marcum, and Lorien Jasny.
Other doctoral students with whom I have worked fairly extensively include Minas Gjoka (Networked Systems Program), Gabriel Lawson and Fabio Leite (of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences), Christine Bevc (Department of Sociology, University of Colorado), Nicole Beckage (Cognitive Sciences), Ragupathyraj Valluvan (EECS), and Rupa Jose (Psychology and Social Behavior), as well as Remy Cross, Ben Lind, Kimberly Marx, Nicole Pierski, and Leah Reich (Department of Sociology). Look for great deeds from all of these fine researchers in the years to come....