Short Bio

I am a post-doctoral fellow at SantoLab in the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS) within the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington working under the supervision of Professor Santo Fortunato.

My research interests focus broadly around opinion dynamics, radicalization, social influence, and intergroup relationships. Methodologically, I integrate innovative information and communication technologies in political science, sociology, and policy analysis to study these interests. More specifically, I use a mix of approaches ranging from agent-based modeling, Big Data analytics, social network and social media analysis, and text as data methods to explore various drivers of social influence, opinion change, and opinion extremism in the society.

Academic Positions

  • 2016 - present: Post-doc at CNetS (Home Page)
  • 2013 - 2016: Presidential Scholar, George Mason University, VA, USA.
  • 2015 (July): Visiting Scholar, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Doha, Qatar.
  • 2015 (Summer Semester): Research Assistant to Prof. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Center for Social Complexity, George Mason University, VA, USA.
  • 2015 (Spring Semester): Visiting Scholar, Social Dynamics Lab, Cornell University, NY, USA.
  • 2010 - 2012: Research Assistant to Prof. Michael Lewis, School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • 2009 - 2010: Instructor, Department of Information Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD, USA.

Education

  • PhD, Computational Social Science, George Mason University, VA, USA, 2013 - 2016.
  • MSc, Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 2010 - 2012.
  • MSc, Industrial Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2007 - 2009.
  • BSc, Industrial Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2003 - 2007.