People

People

C-SoDA Director and SoDA Program Head

Bruce Desmarais
Professor of Political Science, Social Data Analytics
Director, Center for Social Data Analytics [C-SoDA]
Head, Program in Social Data Analytics [SoDA]
Director of Graduate Studies
William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science

C-SoDA Associate Director and SoDA Graduate Director

Liying Luo
Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography
Associate Director, Center for Social Data Analytics

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

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
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
Professor of Political Science, Social Data Analytics
Director, Center for Social Data Analytics [C-SoDA]
Head, Program in Social Data Analytics [SoDA]
Director of Graduate Studies
William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science
Diane Felmlee
Professor of Sociology
Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate
Zachary Fisher
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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
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
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
Stephanie Lanza
Director, The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
Sean Laurent
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
Director, Morality and Social Cognition Laboratory
(814) 865-0107
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
Runze Li
Eberly Family Chair Professor of Statistics and Public Health Sciences
Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics
Jia Li
Professor of Statistics
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
Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography
Associate Director, Center for Social Data Analytics
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
Haylee (Hanyi) Min
Assistant professor, psychology
C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate
Prasenjit Mitra
Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
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
Ramos Pastrana_Julio 2021
Assistant Research Professor of Public Policy
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
Squicciarini-Anna
Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
814-863-7614
Farnaz Tehranchi
Assistant Professor of School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
Director, Human-Centered AI Research Laboratory
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
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
xiangzhu
Assistant Professor of Statistics
C-SoDA Faculty Affiliate
814-865-1348
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
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Administrative Assistant, Center for Social Data Analytics
Angela Hill
Undergraduate Staff Coordinator (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)
(814) 865-4597
Mia Parise
Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Political Science / Social Data Analytics)
(814) 865-4597