2021 Summer Institute in Computational Social Science

Awarded Scholars:
Matthew Salganik, Princeton University
Christopher Bail, Duke University
Project Date:
Jan 2021
Award Amount:

Cofunded with the JPB Foundation

The field of Computational Social Science is still nascent, with new data available from sources such as social media companies, digitized administrative records and historical archives, and use of artificial and machine learning methods to analyze those data. These tools provide new opportunities to analyze RSF-relevant social science questions, but a barrier remains: many scholars are not trained in their graduate programs in the methods to collect, analyze, and interpret these data. The two-week summer institute’s goal is to accelerate the growth of the field, ensure that it develops appropriate ethics and standards, and provide early-career scholars the opportunity to collaborate on research projects. The institute will take place in person at Princeton University from June 13-26, 2021. If restrictions on in-person gatherings remain in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers will take the instruction online, as they did in 2020. This will be the fourth year in which the Sloan Foundation has funded about ten satellite institutes across the country and the world.


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