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We are always looking for new, awesome students (grads and undergrads) and postdocs to join our team, the Computational Story Lab. Feel free to make your pitch.


We can help with all sorts of things: spreading messages and becoming famous (beyond marketing), finding stuff through social search, measuring happiness, uncovering stories in data-rich worlds, and more. Send us a message.

And if you're truly looking for happiness …

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I am a Scientist at the University of Vermont (UVM). Together with Chris Danforth, I co-run the Computational Story Lab. My major current funding is an NSF CAREER award to study sociotechnical phenomena (2009-2014).

In my research and teaching, I focus on system-level, big data problems of all kinds, often networked, sociotechnical ones. I have a hybrid educational and training background of theoretical physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, and the social sciences. My publications have appeared in many realms including sociology, psychology, language, biology, ecology, and Earth systems, and my work has received global press coverage. I have general interests in stories/narratives, complexification, contagion, and robustness, and a long term goal to uncover what I call the Theory of Anything.

Other things: I'm a Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics which is part of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at UVM. I am the Director of the Complex Systems Center at UVM (CSC), and I'm a visiting faculty fellow at the Vermont Advanced Computing Core (VACC).


Previously, I was a Research Scientist and before that a Postdoc at Columbia University, first within the Columbia Earth Institute and later as part of the Collective Dynamics Group, which I helped Duncan Watts run. Our group was housed within the Institute for Social & Economic Research and Policy (ISERP).

Before all that, I was a member of Dan Rothman's group in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) and was a graduate student in the Applied Math Program in the Mathematics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).