People

  1. Director
  2. Associate Director
  3. Co-PIs & Social Data Analytics Program Committee
  4. BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 5, 2016-2018)
  5. BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 4, 2015-2017)
  6. BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 3, 2014-2016)
  7. BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 2, 2013-2015)
  8. BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 1, 2012-2014)
  9. IGERT Affiliates
  10. Faculty
  11. Staff

Director

Burt Monroe

  • Professor of Political Science and Information Sciences
  • Director and Principal Investigator, BDSS-IGERT
  • Director, Program in Social Data Analytics [SoDA]
  • Director, Quantitative Social Science Initiative [QuaSSI]

Associate Director

Christopher Zorn

  • Liberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science
  • Associate Director, BDSS-IGERT
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Timmy Huynh, 2015-2016)

Co-PIs & Social Data Analytics Program Committee

C. Lee Giles

  • David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Muhammed Idris, 2013-14)

Melissa Hardy

  • Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee, Social Data Analytics

Alan MacEachren

  • Professor of Geography
  • Director, GeoVISTA Center
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Josh Stevens, 2012-13; Jonathan Nelson, 2014-15)

Nilam Ram

  • Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, and Psychology
  • Co-Director, StudioLab
  • Core Faculty, QuantDev (Quantitative Development Systems Methodology)
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Rachel Koffer, 2013-14)

Aleksandra (Sesa) Slavkovic

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee, Social Data Analytics

BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 5, 2016-2018)

Michelle Pistner

  • PhD Student, Statistics and Social Data Analytics

John Schoeneman

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics

Mark Simpson

  • PhD Student, Geography and Social Data Analytics

Amy Zhang

  • PhD Student, Statistics and Social Data Analytics

Robert Zuchowski

  • PhD Student, Sociology & Demography

BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 4, 2015-2017)

Matthew J. Denny, (2015-2017)

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics

Carolynne Hultquist, (2015-2017)

  • PhD Student, Geography and Social Data Analytics

Ryan McMahon, (2015-2017)

  • PhD Student, Political Science

Cassandra McMillan, (2015-2017)

  • PhD Student, Sociology and Demography

Ben Sheng, (2015-2017)

  • PhD Student, Statistics

BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 3, 2014-2016)

Cindy Cook, (2014-2016)

  • Data Scientist, SAIS
  • PhD Student, Statistics

Jonathan Nelson, (2014-2015)

  • User Experience Designer, Strava
  • PhD Student, Geography

Alex Ororbia, (2014-2016)

  • PhD Student, Information Sciences & Technology

Joshua Snoke, (2014-2016)

  • PhD Student, Statistics

BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 2, 2013-2015)

John Beieler, (2013-2015)

  • Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University, Human Language Technology Center for Excellence
  • PhD Candidate, Political Science

Wanghuan Chu, (2013-2015)

  • Data Scientist, Google
  • PhD, Statistics

Maggie Houchen, (2013-2014)

  • PhD Student, Sociology and Demography

Christopher Inkpen, (2013-2015)

  • PhD Student, Sociology and Demography

Rachel Koffer, (2013-2015)

  • PhD Student, Human Development & Family Studies

BDSS-IGERT Fellows (Cohort 1, 2012-2014)

Beatrice Abiero, (2012-2014)

  • PhD, Health Policy & Administration and Demography

Muhammed Idris, (2012-2014)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Concordia University
  • PhD, Political Science

Joshua Stevens, (2012-2014)

  • Scientific Visualization & Cartographic Quality Lead, NASA Earth Observatory
  • PhD Candidate, Geography

Stephanie Wilson, (2012-2014)

  • Pelatonia Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • PhD, Human Development & Family Studies

Mo Yu, (2012-2014)

  • Research Scientist, LinkedIn
  • PhD, Information Sciences and Technology

IGERT Affiliates

Benjamin Bagozzi, (2012-2013)

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations, University of Delaware
  • PhD, Political Science

Christopher Boylan, (2015- )

  • PhD Candidate, Political Science
  • MS Student, Applied Statistics

Ben Fisher, (2014-2016)

  • Data Scientist, Verisk Maplecroft
  • PhD, Political Science

Mitchell Goist, (2015- )

  • PhD Student, Political Science

Vishesh Karwa, (2012-2013)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Computation and Society, Harvard University
  • PhD, Statistics

Michael Kenwick, (2015-2016)

  • PhD Student, Political Science

Markus Neumann, (2016- )

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics

Nathaniel Porter, (2013-2014)

  • PhD Student, Sociology

Kevin Reuning, (2016- )

  • PhD Student, Political Science

Zhanna Terechshenko, (2016- )

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics

Peifeng Yin, (2012-2013)

  • Research Scientist, IBM Research
  • PhD, Computer Science & Engineering

Jay Yonamine, (2012-2013)

  • Data Scientist, Google
  • PhD, Political Science

Faculty

Naomi Altman

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Joshua Snoke, 2015-16)

Duane Alwin

  • McCourtney Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Director, Life Course Center
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Clio Andris

  • Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Director, Friendly Cities Lab @ Penn State
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Cindy Cook, 2014-15; Cassie McMillan, 2015-16)

Le Bao

  • Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Ben Sheng, 2015-2016)

Rhonda BeLue

  • Associate Professor of Health Policy & Administration
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Beatrice Abiero, 2012-13)

Timothy Brick

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Josh Snoke, 2014-15; Rachel Koffer, 2014-15)

Guoray Cai

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Guido Cervone

  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Director, Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Laboratory
  • Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Guangqing Chi

  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography
  • Director, Computational and Spatial Analysis Core, Population Research Institute
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Donna Coffman

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Temple University
  • Faculty Affiliate, The Methodology Center, College of Health and Human Development
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Wanghuan Chu, 2013-14)

Linda Collins

  • Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, and Statistics
  • Director, The Methodology Center
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Bruce Desmarais

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Director, IGaP Lab (Interdependence in Government and Policy)
  • Acting Director, BDSS-IGERT (Fall 2016)
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Matt Denny, 2015-16; Fridolin Linder, 2015-16; Sayali Phadke, 2015-16)

Diane Felmlee

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Glenn Firebaugh

  • Roy C. Buck Professor of American Institutions, Sociology,and Demography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Christopher Fowler

  • Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Timmy Huynh, 2014-2015)

Murali Haran

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Peter Hatemi

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Marie Hojnacki

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Vasant Honavar

  • Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics
  • Director, Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory
  • Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

David Hunter

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Stephanie Wilson, 2013-14; Cindy Cook, 2015-16)

Daniel Kifer

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Alexander Klippel

  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Director, ChoroPhronesis
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Jenny Mason, 2012-13)

Derek Kreager

  • Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Stephanie Lanza

  • Scientific Director, The Methodology Center
  • Professor of Biobehavioral Health
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Wang-Chien Lee

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Director, Intelligent Pervasive Data Access Group (iPDA)
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Jia Li

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Runze Li

  • Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics and Public Health Sciences
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Wanghuan Chu, 2014-15)

Zhenhui (Jessie) Li

  • Assistant Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Suzanna Linn

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Ryan McMahon, 2015-16)

Kamesh Madduri

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Stephen Matthews

  • Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography
  • Director, Program in Demography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Beatrice Abiero, Jenny Mason, Maggie Houchen, 2013-14)

Prasenjit Mitra

  • Professor of Information Sciences & Technology (On leave)
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Peter Molenaar

  • Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Xiaoyue (Maggie) Niu

  • Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • Managing Director, Statistical Consulting Center
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Zita Oravecz

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Fridolin Linder, 2014-15; Carolynne Hultquist, 2015-16)

D. Wayne Osgood

  • Professor of Criminology and Sociology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Donna Peuquet

  • Professor of Geography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (John Beieler, 2013-14)

Eric Plutzer

  • Professor of Political Science and Sociology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

David Reitter

  • Assistant Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Co-Director, Applied Cognitive Science Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Frank Ritter

  • Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, Psychology, and Computer Science & Engineering
  • Co-Director, Applied Cognitive Science Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Anthony Robinson

  • Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Rachel Smith

  • Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Stephanie Wilson, 2013-2014)

Andrea Hoplight Tapia

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, Labor Studies & Industrial Relations, and Sociology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Sam Stehle, 2013-14)

Jason Thomas

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Conrad Tucker

  • Assistant Professor of Engineering Design, Industrial Engineering, and Computer Science
  • Director, Design Analysis Technology Advancement (DATA) Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Rachel Koffer, 2014-15)

Ashton Verdery

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

James Wang

  • Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Co-Director, Intelligent Information Systems Laboratory
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Lingzhou Xue

  • Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

John Yen

  • University Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, and Computer Science & Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Research Rotation Host, BDSS-IGERT (Mo Yu, 2012-13)

Xiaolong (Luke) Zhang

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, Knowledge Visualization Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Staff

Kristy Boob

  • Graduate Staff Coordinator (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)
(814) 863-1595

Ashley Dorsey

  • Academic Advisor (BS, Social Data Analytics)
(814) 865-4597

Kitty MacKenzie

  • Project Coordinator, BDSS-IGERT
  • Administrative Assistant, Program in Social Data Analytics
(814) 867-2720

Mia Parise

  • Academic Advisor (BS, Social Data Analytics)
(814) 865-4597