Welcome to my website,
I am the Director of the Program
on Networked Governance (PNG) at Harvard, and Associate
Professor of Public Policy. PNG is an NSF-supported
program whose objective is to serve as a focal point
for events, training, and research at the intersection
of governance, information, technology, and networks
(social and hard-wired).
Most of my
work is based on the idea that how people and organizations
are connected together is critical to understanding
the functioning, success and failure of actors and systems.
My teaching, research,
and institution building have all centered on that theme.
I’ve taken that essential idea and, with a variety
examined a wide array of domains.
covers everything from very micro (social
influence processes within groups), to the very
development of global-wide regulatory regimes).
Thus, for example, I have looked at how a network of
trade treaties abruptly emerged in the Europe of the
1860s, how attitudes and social structures “co-evolve,”
and, in more recent work how the pattern of relationships
affects how hard people
work on teams, and how small world networks can
result in system-wide “group think.”
The objective of
this website is to provide entrée into my body
of research. If you want just to see my papers, you
can just click on publications
at right and you will see a chronologically arranged
list, with pdf’s where possible. If you want a
brief guided tour, then go to research
overview, and you can choose from among the various
domains that I have worked in. There will be a short
summary of my work in each of these areas, with relevant
papers and links.
Associate Professor for Public Policy
"Computational Social Science," Science, 6 February 2009: 721-723. (with A. Pentland, L. Adamic, S. Aral, A.-L. Barabási, D. Brewer, N. Christakis, N. Contractor, J. Fowler, M. Gutmann, T. Jebara, G. King, M. Macy, D. Roy, and M. Van Alstyne)
"Parallel Problem Solving: The social structure of exploration
and exploitation," Administrative Science Quarterly. (with A. Friedman)
and tie strengths in mobile communication
of the National Academy ofSciences,
2007. (with J.-P. Onnela, J.
Saramaki, J. Hyvonen, G. Szabo,K. Kaskil,
J. Kertesz, A.-L.
From E-Gov to I-Gov:
Governance and Information Technology in
the 21st Century, edited with Viktor
(MIT Press 2007), co-authored chapters: "From Egov to Igov",
"The Governing of Government Information",
and "It Takes a Network to Build a
"Finding Criminals Through DNA of Their Relatives,"
312, June 2, 2006