Robert Ward

Ph.D. Candidate

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy


Personal Pronouns:
He / Him

I study how relationships form among people, organizations and knowledge, and how the structures that result affect science and innovation.  One stream of my research is focused on designing interventions on social network formation, with empirical applications to scientific collaboration and organizational innovation. Another stream of research focuses on how the social structure of science creates categories that affect how atypical contributors and contributions are received by the scientific community.  Across both, I build big data and develop new computational methods to reveal the structure and mechanisms of collective behavior.

I am on the job market this year for faculty and postdoctoral positions

Faculty Advisor:
John Walsh
  • M.P.A., John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
  • B.S., Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University
Awards and
  • President's Fellowship
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Student
Areas of
  • Computational Social Science
  • Formal And Informal Organization
  • Production And Reception Of Novelty In Science And Innovation
  • Self-Organization And Controllability
  • Social And Information Networks