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David Lazer

Distinguished Professor

Interdisciplinary with College of Social Sciences and Humanities

David Lazer


Office Location

177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: David Lazer, 1010-177
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

Computational social science, network science, collective cognition, political networks, social influence in networks, social media, deliberative democracy, predictive modeling.


  • PhD in Political Science, University of Michigan
  • BA in Economics, Wesleyan University


David Lazer is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University and co-director for the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School (1998-2009).

His research focuses on the nexus of network science, computational social science, and collaborative intelligence. He is the founder of the citizen science website Volunteer Science and the political visualization website VisPolics. His research has been published in such journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the American Political Science Review, and the Administrative Science Quarterly, and has received extensive coverage in the media, including the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS Evening News.

Professor Lazer serves in multiple leadership and editorial positions, including as a board member for the International Network of Social Network Analysts (INSNA), reviewing editor for Science, associate editor of Social Networks and Network Science, numerous other editorial boards and program committees. He was a founder of the Political Networks Section, as well as a founder and founding host of the Political Networks conference.