Babak Fotouhi joined the UMD iSchool in January 2020 as an assistant professor in computational social science. Dr. Fotouhi investigates how the structure of societal networks affect different social processes, such as pro-social behavior, and how we can utilize this knowledge towards better social outcomes. Approaching his work from a mathematical and computational perspective, he worked on modeling social dynamics at Harvard University, and subsequently at the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Besides the relation between social networks and behavior, his research includes the computational study of historical evolution of culture and meanings, and the social construction of unquestioned assumptions. Dr. Fotouhi’s research has been published in Nature, Nature Human Behavior, Network Science, and Physical Review, among others.
Current Research Interests
- The computational study of historical evolution of culture and meanings
- The relation between social networks and behavior
- Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, McGill University