Faculty Affiliates

Below is the current list of SNAC Faculty Affiliates at UNC.

 

Thomas Carsey (co-Director) is the Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Odum Institute at UNC. His research interests focus on American politics, including campaigns and elections, political parties, public opinion and mass behavior, state politics, and legislative politics. Carsey is also interested in quantitative methods, particularly the analysis of pooled data, complex interdependent systems, and computer simulations.

 

Peter Mucha (co-Director) is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and Department Chair of Mathematics at UNC. His research focuses on the study and simulation of microscopic and macroscopic models of interacting systems and agent-based models. His current focus examines a variety of problems in network analysis, including community detection and modeling network dynamics.

 

Clare Barrington is an Assistant Professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC. Her research interests include the study of health behavior, global health, infectious diseases and sexually transmitted diseases, and health among minority groups.

 

Shankar Bhamidi is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Operations Research at UNC. His research explores stochastic processes, random networks and dynamic network models, and random graph models. His networks research spans social science, computer science, biology, statistics, and physics.

 

Giselle Corbie-Smith is a Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine in the School of Medicine at UNC. She directs the Program on Health Disparities at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC. Her research focuses on the methodological, ethical, and practical issues based by mandated inclusion of minorities in research. She is also interested in health disparities and community-based research.

 

Skyler Cranmer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UNC. His research focuses on the intersection between political methodology and international relations, with a particular focus on using network analysis to study conflict processes.

 

Irene Doherty is an epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine.  She uses social network analysis to elucidate the epidemiology of the dual epidemics of HIV and syphilis among men who have sex with men;  how sexual networks relate to spatial epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections; and the potential utility of nasal colonization of staphylococcus aureus as a biological marker of social connections.  Her other interests focus on applying social network analysis to unplanned pregnancies and contraception.

 

Michael Emch is a Professor of Geography at UNC and also has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Epidemiology. He does research on medical geography and spatial epidemiology. Most of his research has focused on infection diseases in the developing world, and is particularly interested in neighborhood-level effects on health and disease. His research employs GIS systems, satellite remote sensing, and spatial modeling methods, and he leads the Spatial Health Research Group at UNC.

 

Susan Ennett is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC. Her research focuses on the etiology and prevention of youth health risk behaviors, with a particular emphasis on tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. She examines how social contexts, including families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods promote and/or constrain risky behaviors.

 

Justin Gross is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UNC. His research focuses on the application of statistical reasoning to the study of political questions. His work includes an integrated approach to evaluating substantive and statistical significance, the application of latent class models to political identity, and the application of network methods to interdependent political processes such as co-sponsorship in legislatures and the flow of information through the Internet.

 

Lisa Hightow-Weidman is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine at UNC. Her research interests include primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions using various technologies including the Internet, mobile phones, and social media. Her work targets men, with a particular focus on adolescents and young men of color.

 

Christopher Hurt is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Infection Diseases in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine at UNC. His work focuses on the prevention of the spread of HIV by targeting the behaviors of both those who are already infected and those who are not. As such, his research falls in the general area of behavioral epidemiology.

 

Ted Mouw is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UNC. One of his research areas focuses on social mobility, labor markets, and working poverty in the United States. He also studies the economic and social impact of globalization in Indonesia and Mexico, as well as the impact of immigration on the labor market among Hispanic immigrants in North Carolina. He also has methodological interests in making proper inference from social network data, particularly when such data is collected through Respondent Driven Sampling.

 

Andrew Nobel is a Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research at UNC. His research focuses on the statistical analysis of high dimensional data. This includes research regarding the integration of data from multiple sources as well as data mining. He applies his research to the analysis of biomedical problems as well as social and political networks.

 

John Scott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at UNC. His research interests focus on the micro-foundations of political life, looking particularly at lobbying compared to non-institutional actors such as those involved in social movements. He also does research on population aging and its effects on social pension systems and the transition from work to retirement.

 

Karyn Stitzenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at UNC.  Dr. Stitzenberg is a health services expert with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Her main research interests are in the organization and delivery of multidisciplinary oncology care, with specialties that include colorectal cancer along with melanoma and skin malignancies in adults and children.

 

Hongtu Zhu is a Professor of Biostatistics at UNC. His general research interests fall in the area of aging and child development. More specifically, his work includes neuroimaging statistics, structural equation modeling, statistical computing, diagnostic methods, statistical methods for manifold data, and the analysis of missing data.

 

Ted Zoller is an Association Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC. His research interests include several areas associated with corporate venturing, disruptive technology, emerging markets, entrepreneurship, family and global business, and intellectual property.