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 on field experiments with scientists as they conduct their work, and applying computational tools to large-scale observational data.

Current research projects include

  • Cumulative advantage and metrics: Do things like citation counts and impact factors proxy quality and influence, or help create them?
  • Biases in expert evaluation: How do experts influence one another's opinions, i.e. during peer review of grant applications?
  • 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