Damon Centola, Ph.D.

Phone: 215-898-7954
Fax: 215-898-2024


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Damon Centola is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, and Director of the Network Dynamics Group.  He is also is an appointed faculty member in the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences, and the School of Engineering.  Before coming to Penn, he was an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences at MIT and a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University.  His research interests include social networks, collective behavior, and web-based experiments.  Centola’s research has been published in journals such as Science, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Journal of Statistical Physics.  His papers have won the Outstanding Article Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association in 2006, 2009, and 2011, and the Outstanding Contribution to Sociological Methodology Award in 2011. Popular accounts of Centola’s work have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and CNN.  Centola’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the McDonnell Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

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