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Chris Bail
Chris Bail is Co-Founder of SICSS and Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke University where he directs the Polarization Lab. He is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Data Science Program, the Duke Network Analysis Center, and serves on the Advisory Council of the National Science Foundation's SBE Directorate. His research examines political polarization, culture and social psychology using tools from the field of computational social science. He is the author of Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make our Platforms Less Polarizing.

Advisory Council



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Munmun de Choudhury
Munmun De Choudhury is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She employs computational methods to study mental health and psychological well-being using data from social media sites and other digital sources. Her research has appeared in leading journals and conferences, supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and distinguished by awards from multiple leading scholarly associations.
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Deen Freelon
Deen Freelon is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He studies political communication using computational methods applied to datasets from Twitter and other digital platforms. His research has been published in prestigious journals such as Science, supported by the Knight Foundation, and distinguished by leading professional associations.
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Sendhil Mullainathan
Sendhil Mullainathan is the Romans Family Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, his research examines how machine learning can be used to improve social policies— especially those related to medicine— and uncover biomedical insights from large-scale health data.
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Jennifer Pan
Jennifer Pan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, Communications, and Sociology at Stanford University. She studies authoritarian politics using experimental and computational methods with large-scale datasets in China and Saudi Arabia. Her work has been published in prestigious journals such as Science, supported by the National Science Foundation, and recognized by awards from the International Communication Association.
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Matthew Salganik
Matthew Salganik is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and he is affiliated with several of Princeton's interdisciplinary research centers: the Office of Population Research, the Center for Information Technology Policy, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. His research interests include social networks and computational social science. He is the author of the forthcoming book *Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age.*.
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Duncan Watts
Duncan Watts is the Stevens University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also professor of Computer and Information Science (SEAS), Communications (Annenberg), and Operations, Information, and Decisions (Wharton). Watts is a founding figure in the field of computational social science. His work in social network theory, collective dynamics, and diffusion models has been cited more than 100,000 times.
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Chris Callison Burch
Chris Callison-Burch is Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with expertise in natural language processing and crowdsourcing. He has more than 100 publications, served on the editorial boards of the journals Transactions of the ACL (TACL) and Computational Linguistics, and received faculty research awards from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, the Sloan Foundation, and DARPA, among others.
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Naniette H. Coleman
Naniette H. Coleman is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California Berkeley and a multi-year UC-National Laboratory Graduate Fellow (Los Alamos). Her work sits at the intersection of the sociology of culture and organizations and focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, and privacy in the US context. Specifically, Naniette examines how organizations assess risk, make decisions, and respond to data breaches and requirements for organizational compliance with state, federal, and international privacy laws. Naniette is a SICSS-Princeton 2019 alum and the founder of SICSS-Howard/Mathematica, the first and only summer institute at a Historically Black College or University.

Leadership Team



Ron Kassimir
Ron Kassimir is vice president of programs at the Social Science Research Council, providing strategic planning for and fostering coherence across the Council's programs while also supporting the development of new program initiatives. He also provides leadership for the Religion and the Public Sphere program, works closely on the Council's Africa-focused activities, and is managing editor of the SSRC's digital forum Items. From 1996 to 2005, Kassimir was first a program officer and then a program director at the Council, where he managed the Africa Program and, from 2000 to 2005, the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program. In 2005, Kassimir became associate dean at the New School for Social Research and associate professor in the Department of Politics, and in 2007 he moved to the New School's Office of the Provost, where he worked for six years as associate provost for research and special projects. From 2011 to 2013, he cochaired the university committee that produced an institutional self-study as part of the New School's reaccreditation process. He returned to the Council in 2013 as senior adviser, and then executive program director. Kassimir earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996. He has published on religion, civil society, higher education, and globalization in Africa, as well as on youth activism and civic engagement. He is coeditor of Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2005), and Youth, Globalization, and the Law (Stanford University Press, 2007).
Meghann Norden-Bright
Meghann Norden-Bright is the Administrative Director of SICSS and a program assistant for the Social Data Initiative at the Social Science Research Council. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2020 with a BA in political science and minor in computer science.