People

  1. C-SoDA Director & SoDA Program Head
  2. C-SoDA Associate Director & SoDA Graduate Director
  3. SoDA Undergraduate Director
  4. C-SoDA Postdoctoral Scholars
  5. Graduate Students (Current)
  6. Faculty
  7. Staff

C-SoDA Director & SoDA Program Head

Burt Monroe

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science, Social Data Analytics, & Informatics
  • Director, Center for Social Data Analytics [C-SoDA]
  • Head, Program in Social Data Analytics [SoDA]
  • Director and Principal Investigator, BDSS-IGERT (2012-2018)
  • Director, Quantitative Social Science Initiative [QuaSSI] (2006-2018)

C-SoDA Associate Director & SoDA Graduate Director

Bruce Desmarais

  • DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science
  • Associate Director, Center for Social Data Analytics (C-SoDA)
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Program in Social Data Analytics
  • Acting Director, BDSS-IGERT (Fall 2016)
  • Director, IGaP Lab (Interdependence in Government and Policy)

SoDA Undergraduate Director

Amy Linch

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Social Data Analytics
  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science
(814) 863-0743

C-SoDA Postdoctoral Scholars

Medha Uppala

  • C-SoDA Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2021)

Graduate Students (Current)

Dalal AlQadeeri

  • PhD Student, Marketing (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Amrita Arcot

  • PhD Student, Nutritional Sciences (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Samuel Bestvater

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Chase Bloch

  • PhD Student, Political Science & Social Data Analytics

Zicheng Cheng

  • PhD Student, Communications (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Muhammed Kafi Cifci

  • PhD Student, Political Science & Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Marjan Davoodi

  • PhD Student, Sociology & Social Data Analytics

Shipi Kankane Dhanorkar

  • PhD Student, Informatics (SoDA Graduate Minor)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 6 (2017-2018)

Liam Essig

  • PhD Student, Sociology & Social Data Analytics

Sara Francisco

  • PhD Student, Sociology & Social Data Analytics
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 6 (2017-2018)
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Brittany Freelin

  • PhD Student, Criminology (SoDA Graduate Minor)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 6 (2017-2018)
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Ishita Gopal

  • PhD Student, Political Science & Social Data Analytics

Chris Julien

  • PhD Student, Sociology & Social Data Analytics

Mikaela Karstens

  • PhD Student, Political Science
  • C-SoDA Predoctoral Research Associate (2019-2020)

Claire Kelling

  • PhD Student, Statistics & Social Data Analytics
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 6 (2017-18)
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Faith Khumalo

  • PhD Student, Political Science & Social Data Analytics

Nahyun Kim

  • PhD Student, Communications (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Sangyeon Kim

  • PhD Student, Political Science & Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Taegyoon Kim

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics

Jungmin Lee

  • PhD Student, Human Development & Family Studies and Social Data Analytics

Yanling Li

  • PhD Student, Human Development and Family Studies & Social Data Analytics

Yun Liang

  • PhD Student, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Arif Masrur

  • PhD Student, Geography (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Matthew McGee

  • PhD Student, Informatics & Social Data Analytics

Amanda Moeller

  • PhD Student, Psychology (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Michelle Pistner Nixon

  • PhD Candidate, Statistics & Social Data Analytics

M. Rosemary Pang

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics

Hyun Joon Park

  • PhD Student, Psychology (SoDA minor)

So Young Park

  • PhD Student, Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management (SoDA Graduate Minor)
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Lulu Peng

  • PhD Student, Communication Arts & Sciences (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Xiaoyue (Rachel) Peng

  • PhD Student, Communications (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Sayali Phadke

  • PhD Student, Statistics (SoDA Graduate Minor)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 4 (2015-2017)

David Schillinger

  • PhD Student, Psychology (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Franziska Schmid

  • PhD Student, Marketing (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Jeremy Seeman

  • PhD Student, Statistics and Social Data Analytics

Christopher Seto

  • PhD Student, Criminology (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Ben Sheng

  • PhD Student, Statistics (SoDA Graduate Minor)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 4 (2015-2017)

Caner Simsek

  • PhD Student, Political Science & Social Data Analytics

Biechen Tian

  • PhD Student, Geography (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Tran Tran

  • PhD Student, Statistics & Social Data Analytics

Ryan Yang Wang

  • PhD Student, Communications (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Fangcao Xu

  • PhD Student, Geography (SoDA Graduate Minor)

Omer Faruk Yalcin

  • PhD Student, Political Science and Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Student Affiliate

Amy Zhang

  • PhD Candidate, Statistics & Social Data Analytics
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 5 (2016-18)

Robert Zuchowski

  • PhD Student, Sociology & Demography (SoDA Graduate Minor)
  • BDSS-IGERT Fellow, Cohort 5 (2016-18)

Faculty

Duane Alwin

  • McCourtney Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Director, Life Course Center
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Le Bao

  • Associate Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Timothy Brick

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Guoray Cai

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Guido Cervone

  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Director, Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Laboratory
  • Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Guangqing Chi

  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography
  • Director, Computational and Spatial Analysis Core, Population Research Institute
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Chao-Hsien Chu

  • Professor, Information Sciences & Technology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Linda Collins

  • Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, and Statistics
  • Director, The Methodology Center
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Jonathan Cook

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Director, Group Identity and Social Perception Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Daniel DellaPosta

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Data Analytics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Bruce Desmarais

  • DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science
  • Associate Director, Center for Social Data Analytics (C-SoDA)
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Program in Social Data Analytics
  • Acting Director, BDSS-IGERT (Fall 2016)
  • Director, IGaP Lab (Interdependence in Government and Policy)

Diane Felmlee

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Christopher Fowler

  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Lee Giles

  • David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, The Intelligent Information Systems Research Laboratory
  • Graduate Faculty, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Professor (by courtesy), Supply Chain and Information Systems
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee (2012-17), Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Rick Gilmore

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Corina Graif

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Research Associate, Population Research Institute
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Michael Hallquist

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Director, Developmental Personality Neuroscience Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Murali Haran

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Melissa Hardy

  • Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee (2012-2017), Social Data Analytics

Peter Hatemi

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Frank Hillary

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Director, Brain Injury and Plasticity Lab, Penn State Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Marie Hojnacki

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Vasant Honavar

  • Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics
  • Director, Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory
  • Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Ting-Hao (Kenneth) Huang

  • Assistant Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

David Hunter

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Daniel Kifer

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Alexander Klippel

  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Director, ChoroPhronesis
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Derek Kreager

  • Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Soundar Kumara

  • Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Jeremy Ladd

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics

Stephanie Lanza

  • Director, The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
  • Professor of Biobehavioral Health
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

James LeBreton

  • Professor, Psychology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • Director, Measurement and Applied Psychology Laboratory (MAP Lab)

Wang-Chien Lee

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Director, Intelligent Pervasive Data Access Group (iPDA)
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Jia Li

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Runze Li

  • Eberly Family Chair Professor of Statistics and Public Health Sciences
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Zhenhui (Jessie) Li

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Amy Linch

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Social Data Analytics
  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science
(814) 863-0743

Suzanna Linn

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Xiaofei Lu

  • Professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Liying Luo

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Alan MacEachren

  • Professor of Geography
  • Director, GeoVISTA Center
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee (2015-2019), Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Kamesh Madduri

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate
(814) 865-0883

Stephen Matthews

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography
  • Director, Program in Demography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Rustin Meyer

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Director, Contextual Awareness and Situational Assessment (CASA) Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Prasenjit Mitra

  • Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Peter Molenaar

  • Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Burt Monroe

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science, Social Data Analytics, & Informatics
  • Director, Center for Social Data Analytics [C-SoDA]
  • Head, Program in Social Data Analytics [SoDA]
  • Director and Principal Investigator, BDSS-IGERT (2012-2018)
  • Director, Quantitative Social Science Initiative [QuaSSI] (2006-2018)

Kari Lock Morgan

  • Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Kevin Munger

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Michael Nelson

  • Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Affiliate Faculty, Penn State Law
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Xiaoyue (Maggie) Niu

  • Associate Research Professor of Statistics
  • Managing Director, Statistical Consulting Center
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Zita Oravecz

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Bing Pan

  • Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Rebecca Passonneau

  • Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Eric Plutzer

  • Professor of Political Science and Sociology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Sarah Rajtmajer

  • Assistant Professor, Information Sciences & Technology
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee (2019-), Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Frank Ritter

  • Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, Psychology, and Computer Science & Engineering
  • Co-Director, Applied Cognitive Science Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Anthony Robinson

  • Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Charles Seguin

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Data Analytics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Lijiang (L J) Shen

  • Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Aleksandra (Sesa) Slavkovic

  • Professor of Statistics
  • Co-PI, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Rachel Smith

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Conrad Tucker

  • Associate Professor of Engineering Design, Industrial Engineering, and Computer Science
  • Director, Design Analysis Technology Advancement (DATA) Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Ashton M. Verdery

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Demography, and Social Data Analytics
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee (2017-), Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

James Wang

  • Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Co-Director, Intelligent Information Systems Laboratory
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Shomir Wilson

  • Assistant Professor, Information Sciences & Technology
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Bradley Wyble

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Director, Wyble Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Lingzhou Xue

  • Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Scott Yabiku

  • Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

John Yen

  • University Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, and Computer Science & Engineering
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Xiaolong (Luke) Zhang

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Director, Knowledge Visualization Lab
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics

Bu Zhong

  • Associate Professor of Journalism, College of Communications
  • Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Christopher Zorn

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science
  • Affiliate Faculty, Penn State Law
  • Associate Director, BDSS-IGERT
  • Graduate Faculty and Program Committee, Social Data Analytics
  • C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate

Staff

Kristy Boob

  • Graduate Staff Coordinator (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)
(814) 863-1595

Jodi Guy

  • Administrative Assistant, Center for Social Data Analytics
(814) 867-2720

Angela Hill

  • Undergraduate Staff Coordinator (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)
(814) 865-4597

Kristie Kalvin

  • Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)

Howard Liu

  • C-SoDA Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2020)
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Political Science, University of Essex (from Fall 2020)

Greg Nolan

  • Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)

Mia Parise

  • Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)
(814) 865-4597