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Joe Bak-Coleman

Institute for Rebooting Social Media Assembly Fellow

Joe Bak-Coleman is a computational social scientist, and an incoming Associate Research Scholar at the Craig Newmark Center for Journalism Ethics and Security at Columbia University. He earned his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University in 2020, working with Iain Couzin and Dan Rubenstein, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public. His research focuses on understanding how collectives make decisions in the face of uncertainty. He’s particularly interested in understanding what makes collective decision-making work and how it can go awry. Over the past decade, he has worked on collective decision-making in a range of contexts from animal groups and social media to metascience.


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Scientific American

Twitter Is Not Rocket Science—It’s Harder

RSM Assembly Fellow Joe Bak-Coleman writes about the challenges of managing human behavior, especially as applied to…

Nov 21, 2022