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Recent Updates & Upcoming Talks:

  • early summer 2019: I'll be doing an ICPSR workshop on SNA in Boulder again. Dates TBD.
  • Dec 12: I was quoted as part of a story in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Open Access and academic publishers.
  • Dec 10: David Schaefer and I have a visualization in Socius. It demonstrates how the micro timesteps in SAB models work. I've posted all of the code & the video main figure at OSF here. See just the video here.
  • 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.
  • Jun 29: I gave a talk on time as context for friendship and co-authorship ties at Sunbelt in Utrecht.
  • May 15: Duke Network Analysis Center's Social Networks & Health Workshop, where I presented on gathering network data.

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" 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. To date, this interest has led to my involvement in projects in Malawi, South Africa and New York City.

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 at Columbia University, completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University, and received my BA (Interdisciplinary Studies) from Virginia Tech.