Zack Almquist is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota. He is affiliated with the Minnesota Population Center, The Life Course Center, and the Data Science program. Almquist is visiting the University of Washington from April to November, and is affiliated with the eSceince Institute and the Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences. Almquist’s interests include Social Network Analysis, Big Data, Social Media, Text Analysis, Computational Social Sciences, Mathematical Sociology, Methodology, Spatial Analysis, Demography, Public Health, and Human Judgment and Decision Making. His main research focus is on understanding, modeling, and predicting the effects space (geography) and time have on human interaction (e.g., friendship or needle sharing) and outcomes (e.g., disease or knowledge).
Almquist’s research has been published in a number of journals including Sociological Methodology, Political Analysis, Geographical Analysis, and Social Networks. His dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Mathematical Sociology, and he is a recipient of the Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Award. He has received other awards including the Best Methodological Poster from the Political Networks Conference and the University of California, Irvine’s A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper. Almquist’s research has been funded externally by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office; and internally by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.