Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science - Attendees 2018

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Alessandra Romani

IHEID - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Switzerland

Bio: Alessandra is a second-year PhD student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Her dissertation focuses on how political incentives shape sovereign debt trajectories, as determined by the interactions of debtor countries' incumbents with domestic and international actors. Before starting her PhD, Alessandra has received a BA in Economics from the University of Pavia and a MA in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zurich.

Jared Joseph

University of California Davis - U.S.

Bio: Jared is a second year Ph.D. student in sociology. He is currently working on a paper exploring the involvement of state actors such as politicians and law enforcement with organized crime in prohibition era Chicago. Jared is familiar with social network analysis and natural language processing.

Jeff Jacobs

Columbia University - U.S.

Bio:Jeff is a third-year PhD student in Political Science at Columbia University and a Research Fellow at Columbia's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). His research aims to utilize natural language processing to gain new insights into the history of political thought. Before coming to Columbia he received an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics from the University of Maryland.


Kirbi Joe

University of California, Irvine - U.S.

Bio:I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student studying Mathematical Behavioral Science at the University of California, Irvine. My research is focused on modeling the cultural evolution of linguistic color naming systems, and finding methods to quantitatively analyze and compare these systems cross-culturally. Prior to joining my graduate program, I received my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Economics.

Matthew Oldham

George Mason - U.S.

Bio: am currently a Computational Social Science (CSS) Ph.D at George Mason University. My research is focused on applying CSS for the purpose of gaining a greater understanding of how financial markets behave and to explore the dynamics driving innovation. To achieve my research goals, I have positioned myself at the intersection of ABM, network analysis, and big data/data science. This has meant that I have had to get up to speed on all the latest computation techniques.


Michael Thompson

University of Michigan - U.S.

Bio: Mike Thompson is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Michigan. He is interested in the political economy of development, authoritarian institutions, the politics of legal systems, especially in the Chinese case.

Qi Hao

Michigan State University - U.S.

Bio: Qi got his Bachelor degree in material physics. He became a graduate student in communication due to his interest in social science. Qi seeks to answer small versions of the big question: how is continuality possible for human beings. Every human soul is isolated in itself without telepath. Individuals perish. Yet human civilization moves on continually. In his free time, Qi reads poems and novels and writes about society. Qi was once a journalist in Beijing Youth Daily.

Ronan Arthur

Stanford University - U.S.

Bio: Ronan studies complex social-ecological systems of infectious diseases and associated shifts in behavior and perceptions through theoretical mathematical modeling and empirical fieldwork on Ebola in Liberia. He is a PhD student in the interdisciplinary program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University.

Selcan Mutgan

Linköping University - Sweden

Bio: Selcan Mutgan is a PhD student at the Institute for Analytical Sociology at Linköping University. Her dissertation is concerned with the micro-macro dynamics of ethnic school segregation in Sweden. Using discrete choice modeling, empirically calibrated agent based simulations, and social network analysis she studies school segregation in relation to the dynamic sorting of students in primary schools, teachers in high schools, and parents in residential locations.

Zackary Dunivin

Indiana University - U.S.

Bio: I am a first year PhD student in the Complex Systems and Sociology programs at the Indiana University and an NSF Graduate Fellow in IU's NRT program in Complex Systems and a Second Discipline. I study collective identity acquisition in internet communities as a temporal process. My other research interests involve organizational structure, specifically how topology influences information diffusion and downstream effects on decision making and access to resources.

Advanced Grad Workshop Students

Jiin Jung - Claremont Graduate University
Jiin Jung is a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University. Her research focuses on uncertainty reduction as an epistemic motive of social identity and self-categorization processes. Jiin also examines computational models of minority influence, social change, and diversity.

Jonas Dalege - University of Amsterdam
Jonas Dalege is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, where he also obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in Psychology. His work mostly focuses on applying network theory to individual attitudes.

Kotrina Kajokaite - UCLA
I am a biological anthropologist interested in primate social behavior. My research primarily focuses on social behavior of capuchin monkeys. I study decision making in coalitionary aggression, function of social relationships, and male alliances.

Lawrence De Geest - Wentworth Institute of Technology
Environmental economics, data science, complex systems, bikes.

Martin Smyth - Stony Brook University
I'm a research scientist working at the knowledge frontier where physical sciences, advanced technologies and societal systems meet. I'm broadly interested in applying spatial data science and complex systems analysis to understand emergent socio-technological phenomena. I'm particularly interested in phenomena driven by information flows, coercion and political violence.

Nikolos Gurney - Carnegie Mellon University
Nik studies human judgment and decision making in the face of imperfect information and the impact of preferences and beliefs on these actions.