Faculty & Contributors

A Community of Thought Leaders

CSSI is proud to bring together so many top experts in the fields of complex sciences. The core of our team is made up of professors, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University, but our community of collaborators spans the globe. Here’s a look at the team behind the science of science, as well as key contributors and supporters.

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The Center is an extraordinary investment, bringing together world-leading researchers to decode innovation and the progress of knowledge.

Ben Jones / Professor of Strategy and the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship

Leadership Network

Dashun Wang, Director

Professor of Management & Organizations / Professor of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences / Core faculty at Northwestern Institute of Complex Systems (NICO)

Professor Wang’s research focuses on the science of science. He joined the faculty at Kellogg in 2016 after teaching at Pennsylvania State University and leading a big data initiative at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He also holds appointments at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science and NICO.

Luis Amaral

Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering / Professor of Physics & Astronomy / Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) Faculty

Professor Amaral conducts and directs research that provides insight into the emergence, evolution and stability of complex social and biological systems. He holds appointments at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Feinberg School of Medicine.

James Evans

Professor / Director, Knowledge Lab / Faculty Director, Masters Program in Computational Social Science, University of Chicago

Professor Evans’s research focuses on the collective system of thinking and knowing. At the University of Chicago, he is Director of Knowledge Lab, which has collaborative, granting and employment opportunities. Evans also founded and now directs on the Computational Social Science program at Chicago, and sponsors an associated Computational Social Science workshop.

Santo Fortunato

Professor / Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, Indiana University

Professor Fortunato’s research areas are network science and computational social science, and aims to detect community structures in networks, analyze and model social and information networks, identify citation patterns, and more. Fortunato joined the faculty at Indiana University in 2016.

Benjamin Jones

Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship / Professor of Strategy / Faculty Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI)

Professor Jones is faculty director of the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, which equips leaders to drive the kind of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth that matters in today’s world. His research focuses on innovation and creativity, and he has done work on global economic development, including the roles of education, climate and national leadership in explaining the wealth and poverty of nations.

Brian Uzzi

Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change / Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) Faculty / Director, Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI)

Professor Uzzi is a globally recognized teacher, consultant and speaker on leadership, social networks, data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has lectured and advised companies and governments around the world and has been on or visited the faculties of INSEAD, University of Chicago, University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University.

Researchers

Nima Dehmamy

Research Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management

Nima Dehmamy is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI), the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University and was formerly a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Barabasi Lab at Northeastern University. His work focuses on using artificial intelligence, network science, and physics-based modeling to understand growth and development in science and art. He works on developing graph neural networks and embedding methods for analysis of large-scale scientific publications as well as other social science data.

Alexander Furnas

Research Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management

Alexander C. Furnas PhD (Zander), is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Science of Science and Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. He researches the political economy of information, with a focus on the production, dissemination and uptake of science and expertise in the policymaking process. His dissertation examines how congressional staffers evaluate and use privately provisioned information produced by outside organizations. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Legislative Studies Quarterly, among others. More generally, he studies the use of information, science, and expertise in policymaking, interest groups, and elite political behavior using survey, text analysis and network methods.

Jian Gao

Research Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management

Jian Gao is a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI) at the Kellogg School of Management and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) at Northwestern University. He obtained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. His research interests lie in the science of science, computational socioeconomics, network science, and economic complexity. His recent work focuses on measuring the disparities in exposure to artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and estimating the benefits of AI in science and innovation.

Diego Gómez-Zará

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management

Diego Gómez-Zará is a Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior at Northwestern University. He also graduated with a Ms. in Computer Science at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research interests are computational behavior modeling, social networks, groups, and systems. Grounded in human-computer interaction and network science, Diego studies how people assemble groups using online systems. Diego’s work has been published in multiple venues, including the ACM CHI and CSCW conferences. His dissertation research was awarded the 2020 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and the National Science Foundation SES-2021117. In 2018, he became a Ph.D. fellow of the Northwestern Segal Institute’s Design Cluster. In the past, he has taught courses on web technologies and social networks. Recently, Diego was an intern at the Snap Inc. Research Team. He is currently serving as a member of the ACM CSCW Steering committee.

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Zihang Lin

Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management

Zihang Lin is a Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI) at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is also an undergraduate in the School of Computer Science at Fudan University, China. His research interests include network science, computational social science, and science of science. He is engaged in large-scale scientific data processing and analysis of multiple databases, trying to attain a deeper understanding of science and innovation.

Wenyuan Liu

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management

Wenyuan Liu is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI) at the Kellogg School of Management. He obtained a bachelor's degree in physics from Wuhan University in China. Then, he moved to Singapore and obtained a Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University. After that, he worked as a research fellow there. His research interests include network theory and science of science

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Zifeng Liu

Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, Kellogg School of Management

Zifeng Liu is a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow in the Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI) at Kellogg School of Management. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Physics from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China 2021. His research interests lie in the science of science, network science and mathematical modeling.

Yifan Qian

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management

Yifan Qian is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London, London, U.K. His research interest is broadly concerned with computational social science and combines theories and methods from network science, sociology, machine learning, and data science. The general goal of his work is to better understand the structure, functioning, and consequences of complex large-scale networks across a number of empirical domains including citation networks, social networks, and collaboration networks. He received a B.Sc. degree in information and computing science and a M.Sc. degree in computer science from Beihang University in Beijing, China in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

Binglu Wang

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Kellogg School of Management

Binglu Wang is a Ph.D. student in Management & Organizations (MORS) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, with affiliations at the Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI) and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). Her research involves computational social science, technology & innovation, and social networks, with a focus on understanding how community collapses from large-scale datasets. She received her bachelor's degree in information management and information system from Peking University in 2019.

Yian Yin

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, McCormick School of Engineering

Yian Yin is a Ph.D. candidate of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences (IEMS) at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, with affiliations at the Center for Science of Science and Innovation and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). He studies computational social science, the science of science, and complex systems, with a particular interest in quantitative understanding of success and failure in human activities through interdisciplinary approaches. Before joining Northwestern, Yian obtained his bachelor’s degree in statistics and economics from Peking University in 2016.

ALUMNI


Yi Bu

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management


Woo Seong Jo

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management


Lu Liu

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Kellogg School of Management


Suman Kalyan Maity

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management


Minsu Park

Research Fellow, Kellogg School of Management


Giorgio Tripodi

Pre-Doctoral Visiting Scholar, Kellogg School of Management


Yang Wang

Visiting Professor, Kellogg School of Management

Researcher Network

  • Pierre Azoulay

    Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Albert Laszlo-Barabisi

    Robert Gray Doge Professor of Network Science, Northeastern University

  • Nicola Bianchi

    Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management

  • Jillian Chown

    Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

  • Jeanneate Colvyas

    Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, Associate Professor and Executive Board Member, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), Associate Professor of Management & Operations, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy)

  • Noshir Contractor

    Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering

  • Leslie Dechurch

    Professor of Communication Studies, Northwestern School of Communication

  • Ying Ding

    Bill & Luis Suit Professor, School of Information
    Adjunct Professor at Department of Health, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin

  • Eli Finkel

    Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management / Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

  • Steve Franconeri

    Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences / Professor of Design, McCormick School of Engineering (Courtesy) / Director, Northwestern Cognitive Science Program, Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy)

  • C. Lee Giles

    David Reese Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University

  • Jason Hartline

    Associate Professor of Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering

  • Danqi Hu

    Assistant Professor of Accounting Information & Management, Kellogg School of Management

  • Nour Kteily

    Associate Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

  • Vincent Lariviere

    Professor of Information Science, University of Montreal

  • Han Liu

    Associate Professor of Statistics and Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering

  • Robert McDonald

    Professor of Finance and Gaylord Freeman Distinguished Chair in Banking, Kellogg School of Management

  • Filippo Mezzanotti

    Assistant Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management

  • Sam Molyneux

    GM, Meta, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

  • William Ocasio

    John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

  • Adam Pah

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Associate Director, Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

  • Dimitris Papanikolaou

    Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management

  • Hatim Rahman

    Assistant Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

  • Iyad Rahwan

    Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

  • Luis Rayo

    Erwin P. Nemmers Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

  • Lauren Rivera

    Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy)

  • Nicole Stephens

    Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy)

  • Robert Sinatra

    Assistant Professor, IT University of Copenhagen

  • H. Eugene Stanley

    Professor of Physics, Boston University

  • Jie Tang

    Professor, Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University

  • Lav Varshney

    Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

  • Ludo Waltman

    Professor of Quantitative Science Studies, Leiden University

  • Kuansan Wang

    Managing Director, Microsoft Research Outreach

  • Adam Waytz

    Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

  • Jevin West

    Associate Professor, University of Washington

  • Teresa K. Woodruff

    Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Hyejin Youn

    Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Senior Administrators

  • Krisztina Eleki

    Assistant Director of Administration, Center for Science of Science & Innovation, Kellogg School of Management

  • Alanna Lazarowich

    Associate Director of Strategy, Partnerships & Innovation, Center for Science of Science and Innovation (CSSI) / Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

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