Duke University

To launch an international summer school on Computational Social Science

  • Amount $385,631
  • City Durham, NC
  • Investigator Christopher Bail
  • Initiative Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE)
  • Year 2018
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance

This grant supports the expansion of a popular seminar on computational social science, run by Matthew Salganik of Princeton University and Christopher Bail of Duke University. The instructional program, which takes place over the summer, involves lectures, group problem sets, and participant-led research projects. The seminar also includes outside speakers who conduct computational social science research in academia, industry, and government. Topics covered include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, nonprobability sampling, mass collaboration, and ethics. Interest in the program has been robust, with more than 10 times as many applicants as available slots each year. Sloan funds will allow lectures and course content to be broadcast via interactive video to six new satellite locations, including City University of New York; Northwestern; University of Colorado, Boulder; Seattle; Helsinki; and Cape Town. Additional satellite sites may be added in future years.

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