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Recent Updates & Upcoming Talks:

  • June 19-23: See you at Sunbelt!
  • June 10-14: I gave an ICPSR workshop on SNA in Boulder again.
  • June 5: E-book versions of Gathering Social Network Data are now available! And print versions should be shipping soon.
  • Apr 5: We (w/ David Schaefer & Andrea Ettekal) posted a preprint of some work on religious mosaics in network selection and influence processes.
  • Mar 17: We (w/ CSPH students Tatiane Santos & Venice Ng Williams) posted a preprint of our forthcoming chapter (Oxford Handbook of SNA) on collecting social network data.
  • January 24: I gave a talk on some collaborative work w/ Stef Mollborn, David Schaefer, Liz Lawrence, and Josh Goode in the IBS Seminar Series.
  • Dec 10: David Schaefer and I have a visualization in Socius. It demonstrates how the micro timesteps in SAB models work. The main figure is not embedded in the Socius version as intended, but is on my GitHub version.
  • Nov 29: I gave a brief workshop on network modeling (focused on ERGMs) at IBS.
  • Oct 27: I participated in an Author Meets Critics panel on Nicolette Manglos-Weber's book Joining the Choir at SSSR.

About me:

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. I also currently serve as director of our undergraduate programs in Public Health.

Broadly, my research revolves around addressing how networks constrain or promote the diffusion of information and/or diseases through populations. Much of this work has focused on HIV/AIDS in "high risk" behaviors among populations in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, I have spent more time examining the integrative patterns and processes in problem-focused areas of science that draw from many academic disciplines (e.g., HIV/AIDS, demography, the environment).

In addition, I have a primary interest in using social network theory to improve strategies used in the design and implementation of primary data collection projects. Check out my forthcoming book!

Before coming to UCD, I was an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department and affiliate of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University, and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, where I was affiliated with the Center for Population Dynamics (sadly, now defunct) and the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity. Before that, I spent two years funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Health and Society Scholar (also since disbanded) at Columbia University, completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University, and received my BA (Interdisciplinary Studies) from Virginia Tech.