misha teplitskiy

assistant professor | school of information | university of michigan


I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Information, University of Michigan. My research is at the intersection of Science of Science + Sociology of Organizations + Computational Social Science. I study how social and organizational factors affect scientific discovery. I am especially interested in evaluation practices in science, and whether they promote or stifle innovation. My approach relies primarily on experiments -- interventions in scientific competitions and other settings -- and applying computational tools to large-scale observational data.

Current research projects include

  • Cumulative advantage in science: Do metrics like citation counts and impact factors proxy quality and influence, or help create them?
  • Biases in expert evaluation: Do groups of experts make decisions differently from individuals?
  • Science and the media: What research is picked up by the media, and how is it covered?

Previously, I was a Postdoc at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where I was a member of KnowledgeLab.

See my Research page and CV for more information, or visit Advising if you're a student interested in working together.

Office: North Quad #3369, 105 S State St

Email: tepl @ umich . edu