In conjunction with my teaching and research activities, I am and have been actively engaged in graduate student advising and mentoring at George Mason University. I see mentoring activities not only as an avenue to strengthen the link between research and teaching, but as crucial for training the next generation of experts and scientists in my field.

Potential students please read this before contacting me.

Completed PhD. Student Advisor:

    Current PhD. Candidates Advising: 
    • Annetta Burger; Computational Social Science. 
      • Provisional Title: From Networks to Recovery: Effects of Social Networks on Community Recovery in the Face of Flooding Disasters.
    • Farzaneh Davari; Computational Social Science.
      • Provisional Title: A Bottom-up Resilience Procedure in Social-ecological Systems.
    • Jacqueline Kazil; Computational Social Science.
      • Provisional Title: Mesa: Agent-based modeling Library in Python 3.
    • Talha Oz; Computational Social Science. 
      • Provisional Title: Collective Stress in the Digital Age.
    • Brandon Shapiro; Computational Social Science. 
      •  Provisional Title: Opinion Dynamics: Data, Theory and Models
    • Melanie Swartz; Computational Social Science.
      •  Provisional Title: Emojis as Social Cues to Contextualize Social Networks, Events, and Sense of Place.
    • Yang Zhou; Computational Social Science.
      • Provisional Title: Understanding Human Activity Patterns in Large Cities using Open Data.
    • Xiaoyi Yuan; Computational Social Science.
      • Provisional Title: Geo-narratives: Exploring Place through Crowdsourced Textural Data.

    Current PhD. Students Advising:
    • Paul Cummings; Computational Social Science.
    • Amy Hill; Computational Social Science.
    • Carmen Iasiello; Computational Social Science.
    • Salwa Ismail; Computational Social Science.  
    • Na Jiang; Computational Social Science. 
    • Mike Livermore; Environmental Science and Policy. 
    • Chris Parrett; Computational Social Science.
    • Ciara Sibley; Computational Social Science. 
    • Tom Wallace; Computational Social Science.  
    • Lowell Wilson; Computational Social Science.  

    Current PhD. Candidates Dissertation Committee Member:
    • Brent Auble; Computational Social Science.
    • Terrie Franks; Computational Social Science.
    • Darius Hedgebeth; Geography and Geoinformation Sciences. 
    • Kim McEligot, Systems Engineering & Operations Research.
    • Shaun Michel; Sociology.
    • Phil Morefield; Geography and Geoinformation Sciences.
    • Aisha Sikder; Geography and Geoinformation Sciences.
    • Bill Squires; Computer Science
    • Russell Thomas; Computational Social Science. 
    • Harold Walbert; Computational Social Science. 
    • Chun-Yi Yang; Computational Social Science. 

    Past PhD. Students' Dissertation Committee Member:

    Current Masters Student Advising:
      • Noelle Douglas; Computational Social Science.

        Completed Masters Student Advisor:

        Current Masters Students' Thesis Committee Member:
        • Fahad Aloraini; Computational Social Science.
        • Baker Pruiksma; Geography and Geoinformation Sciences.
        • Chuck Barber; Geography and Geoinformation Sciences.

        Completed Masters Students' Thesis Committee Member:

        Completed Masters Students' Project Committee Member:


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