Stalk and Snipe These Computational Social Scientists

There’s a number of academic job searches at great schools this year for positions around computational social science. While my two-body constraints will keep me rooted in Boston through 2016 which keeps me from applying, I’ve had several folks reach out to ask for advice for candidates they should seek out. Because interdisciplinarity has a weakness in failing to provide a focal point around which worthy candidates can be lauded by peers, I thought this might be a great opportunity to enumerate those peers whose work and thinking around computational social science and variants thereon (social computing, network science, etc.) I really respect — and thus should be included in hiring committees’ binders full of men or women!

This list is drawn from conversations with colleagues, interacting with people at various conferences and workshops, or getting to know through other channels like Twitter. As such, this is not an exhaustive search and is necessarily biased by friendship, shared interests, and shared memberships but I’ve made some minimal effort to eschew obvious conflicts of interest arising from prior collaborators and shared affiliations (which disqualifies a whole bunch of awesome people who have worked alongside me with Darren, Nosh, and David!). In their defense, the people below did not ask nor were they informed about being on such a list so it should certainly not be interpreted as self-promotion or unhappiness with their current position. And with such an ad hoc methodology, it’s certainly incomplete and I apologize in advance for omitting people.

I’ve broken the list up into two categories based on where they are in their careers. The first is “Stalk” for folks who are too young to be on the job market yet, but are up-and-coming rockstars who I’m confident will be in high demand once they are on the market. Keep an eye on them and if you’re able to, these are folks to pick up for as interns or visiting students while you can before they migrate to the next category. The second category is for folks who are in the vicinity of the academic job market and should be directly targeted for recruitment, or “Sniped.” There’s obviously a third category of junior people who already have jobs in academia or industry who could be stolen, but I wouldn’t presume to speak to their interest in such a conversation!

I present the inaugural job market Stalk and Snipe list in alphabetical order.