NASN 2017



David Lazer

David Lazer is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University, and Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Prior to coming to Northeastern University, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School (1998-2009). His research has been published in such journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the American Political Science Review, Organization Science, and the Administrative Science Quarterly, and has received extensive coverage in the media, including the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS Evening News. He is lead author on the 2009 Science paper on computational social science, which has been described as the manifesto for the emerging field, as well as the paper in Science in 2014 that critiqued Google Flu Trends. His online experimental work on deliberation garnered best paper of the year in the American Political Science Review, and his research on exploration and exploitation has been highly cited within the literature on collective intelligence. He has been PI on more than $10m of federal grants. Dr. Lazer serves in multiple leadership and editorial positions, including as a board member for the International Network of Social Network Analysts (INSNA), reviewing editor for Science, associate editor of Social Networks and Network Science, numerous other editorial boards and program committees.