Professor of Sociology and the Director at the Knowledge Lab at the University of Chicago.


His research has focused on areas of modern science and technology, along with an interest in news, law, religion, gossip, hunches and historical modes of thinking and knowing. A special interest in innovation—how new ideas and practices emerge—and the role that social and technical institutions (e.g., the Internet, markets, collaborations) play in collective cognition and discovery forms the core of his ongoing work, which employs machine learning, generative modeling, social and semantic network representations to explore knowledge processes, scale-up interpretive and field methods, and create alternatives to current discovery regimes.

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