Babak FotouhiAdjunct Assistant Research Professor
Dr. Fotouhi investigates how the structure of social networks affect different social processes, such as pro-social behavior, and how we can utilize this knowledge towards better collective outcomes. Approaching his work from a mathematical perspective, he worked on modeling the social dynamics on networks at Harvard University’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and continued his work on human cooperation on social networks as part of the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Dr. Fotouhi first joined the UMD College of Information Studies (INFO) in 2020 as an Assistant Professor in computational social science and has continued to be an invaluable member of the college community as an Adjunct Assistant Research Professor beginning in 2023. In addition to the relation between social networks and behavior, his research interests include 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, Applied Network Science, and Physical Review, among others.