ASA Pre-conference: Computational Sociology

This one day ASA pre-conference takes place Friday, August 10, 2018. Hosted by Damon Centola.

Room 109
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104


We welcome you to join us for this ASA pre-conference focusing on a new aspect of sociological research, “Computational Sociology.”  This conference will feature experts from around the country who specialize in this new type of research, which utilizes complex computer simulations, social network analysis, big data explorations, Internet experiments, artificial intelligence, and exciting new approaches to ethnographic field work.

Schedule of Events

8:30 am – Open Breakfast Spread

9:00 am – Introduction by Damon Centola

9:30 am  Session I

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 9:30 – 9:55 Michael Macy
  • 9:55 – 10:20 Peter Bearman
  • 10:20 – 10:45 Emily Erikson
  • 10:45 – 11:10 Jessa Lingel

11:10 – 11:30 (20 min. snack break)

11:30 am  Session II

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 11:30 – 11:55 Joscha Legewie
  • 11:55 – 12:20 Matthew Salganik
  • 12:20 – 12:45 Andrew Papachristos
  • 12:45 – 1:10 Quincy Stewart

1:10 – 2:25  (75 min. lunch break)

2:25 pm Session III

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 2:25 – 2:50 Arnout van de Rijt
  • 2:50 – 3:15 Duncan Watts
  • 3:15 – 3:40 Michael Kearns
  • 3:40 – 4:05 Ray Reagans

4:05 – 4:20 (15 min. snack break)

4:20 – 4:30 Meagan Levinson, Senior Editor for Sociology, Princeton University Press

4:30 pm Session IV

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 4:30 – 4:55 Christopher Bail
  • 4:55 – 5:20 Brian Uzzi
  • 5:20 – 5:45 David Lazer

5:45 – Closing Remarks

5:50 – Cocktails


Michael Macy 

Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

Rarely Seen Wormholes Contract Online Social Networks


Peter Bearman 

Jonathan R. Cole Professor of the Social Sciences, Columbia University



Emily Erikson 

Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University

Network Diffusion and Events: How Parties Can Change Processes


Jessa Lingel

Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Computational (Anti)social Science: Some Provocations on Interdisciplinary Collaboration


Joscha Legewie 

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale University

How “Big Data” Can Uncover Everyday Discrimination


Matthew Salganik 

Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

The Fragile Families Challenge


Andrew Papachristos 

Associate Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University



Quincy Stewart 

Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

How Many Racists? An Agent-Based Model of the Dynamics of Racial Inequality


Arnout van de Rijt

Professor of Sociology, Utrecht University 

Reputation Beats Price in Experimental Markets


Duncan Watts 

Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research

Predicting Contagion on Social Networks


Michael Kearns 

Professor of Management & Technology, University of Pennsylvania 



Ray Reagans

Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management and Organizational Studies, MIT



Christopher Bail 

Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy

Exposure to Opposing Views on Social Media Can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large Field Experiment


Brian Uzzi 

Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, Northwestern University  

An Artificial and Human Intelligence Framework to the Replication Problem in Science​


David Lazer Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Sciences, Northeastern University