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Computational Social Science is an exciting new field of research, and we think it should be diverse and inclusive as it grows. Variation matters in more than just statistics! To this end, we provide links to resources, which are intended to support new and emerging CSS scholars currently underrepresented in the field. We also maintain a database of these scholars, which can be used for collaboration and networking, or for finding new voices to speak at conferences, on panels, and in workshop tutorials. These resources are compiled and updated by the CSS community. On each page, you will find a link to contribute suggestions or edits.


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Taylor W. Brown
Duke University + Facebook/Instagram

Taylor W Brown recently earned a PhD in Sociology from Duke University, where she specialized in culture, computational methods, markets, and inequality. Previously, she earned an MSc in Evidence-based social intervention from University of Oxford. For her dissertation, Taylor investigated the persistence of gender disparity in creative professions, i.e. the art world. She has also co-authored work in online conversations (using Facebook data), cultural diffusion (using Google Trends data), and political polarization (using a Twitter bot experiment). Taylor is now a member of the Core Data Science team at Facebook/Instagram, where she will serve as a researcher and engineer to develop methods for measuring social inequalities. She hopes in the future to continue work at the intersection of culture, inequality, and climate. (she/her/they)

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Naniette H. Colemen
University of California Berkeley

Naniette H. Coleman is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California Berkeley and UC National Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her work sits at the intersection of the sociology of culture and organizations and focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, and privacy, examining how organizations assess risk, decisions, and respond to data breaches and organizational compliance with privacy laws.
Naniette holds a M.P.A with a specialization in Democracy, Politics, and Institutions from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo SUNY. A non traditional student, Naniette’s prior professional experience spans both government and academia.
Naniette is the recipient of numerous honors including the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities, a Presidential Management Fellowship, President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award, Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, is on the Board of Directors for ScienceCounts, and is the founder and lead organizer for SICSS Howard/Mathematica, the first SICSS at a historically black college or university.

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Aidan Combs
Duke University


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Tina Law
Northwestern University


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Guidance Mthwazi
University of Cape Town

Guidance Mthwazi is PhD Research Fellow in Information Systems (PhD IS) with the Department of Information Systems at the Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. His broader interests are in Information and Communication Technology enabled Development (ICT4D) and ICT governance in southern Africa. He examines in his current inquiry, the phenomenon of electronicgovernance and its influences on public service delivery (PSD). Guidance holds a Master of Commerce Degree in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Computer and Management Information Systems. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education studies.
Guidance is a recipient of the Hasso Plattner PhD Scholarship (HPI Germany) under which he conducts his Doctoral studies in collaboration with the UCT School of Information Technology (SIT); a Teaching and Research Assistant in the IS Department; an active professional member of both the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) and the Southern African Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AISSAC) community

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Gabriel Varela
Duke University


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Ieke de Vries
Leiden University


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Lindsay Young
University of Southern California

Dr. Lindsay Young (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Her works sits at the intersection of public health, social networks, and communication studies and focuses on the social contexts that contribute to and/or facilitate health disparities, access to critical health resources, and health behavior change in underserved, resource restricted populations. Her current research, supported by a NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), focuses on the online social and communicative contexts that affect HIV prevention engagement among young sexual and racial minority men. To these ends, she draws on a computational toolkit that includes stochastic network modeling, computer assisted textual analysis, and predictive modeling. Her work also draws on community based models of behavior change and social network theories of health behavior to design health interventions that privilege intrinsic structures and assets.

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Katherine Zaslavsky
Cornell University


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