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Joseph Bak-Coleman

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for an Informed Public, University of Washington

I am a computational social scientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public. My research focuses on how the actions and interactions of group members give rise to broader patterns of collective action. I am particularly interested in understanding how communication technology alters collective decision-making and the spread of information. I have bylines in Wired and Scientific American and have published research in journals such as PNAS, Nature Communications, and Proceedings of the Royal Society.

I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Prior to working on human collective behavior, he studied the behavior of animal groups zebra herds to fish schools.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington


  • 2020 
    Princeton University, PhD