school of information // university of michigan
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. My research is at the intersection of science of science and sociology of organizations: I study how social and institutional factors affect scientific discovery. I am especially interested in how scientific work is valued, both through metrics and qualitative judgments like peer review, biases in scientific literatures, and diffusion of science to the public. Methodologically, I rely on field experiments in organizations 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 reflect quality and influence, or help create them?
Social valuation: How do evaluators influence each other?
Science and the media: What research is picked up by the media, and how is it covered?
Information diffusion and learning: What is the effect of academic conferences on spreading ideas?
Status bias in peer review, and how to mitigate it
Social capital in scientific success
See my CV for papers and links.
Lab: DiscoveryLab, www.discolab.org
Advising: currently not accepting PhD students
Office: North Quad #3369, 105 S State St
Email: tepl @ umich . edu