Duncan J. Watts

Adjunct Senior Research Scholar




Duncan Watts is a computational social scientist working at Microsoft Research. Substantively, he is broadly interested in the collective dynamics of social systems, including the diffusion of information in social networks, the emergence of the cooperation in groups, and the dynamics of team problem solving. Methodologically, his work relies on statistical analysis of large-scale observational data, virtual lab experiments, and simulation modeling. He is also interested in meta-theoretical questions about the role of common sense in sociological theorizing and, more broadly, the social and institutional factors that encourage or discourage productive social scientific research. At Columbia, he is an advisor to History Lab and collaborates with Matthew Connelly and David Madigan on a project to systematically define and measure the predictability of historical events.


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