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Recent Updates & Upcoming Talks:

* My book manuscript on Gathering Social Network Data is available for Open Review!! *

  • Oct 27: I'll be participating in an Author Meets Critics panel on Nicolette Manglos-Weber's book Joining the Choir at SSSR.
  • Oct 5: Jason Fletcher and I organized a session on social networks and health for the Annual Meetings of the IAPHS.
  • 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.
  • Apr 26: I served as discussant for papers in a session organized by Zach Almquist on Networks in Demography @PAA.
  • Dec 1: We published a paper on degree distributions (w/ Jim Moody & Martina Morris) in Network Science.
  • Aug 29: Our special issue (w/ David Schaefer) of Network Science on health & networks is online!

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.