Getting Comfortable with Big Data

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Date(s) - 05/27/2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sheraton Boston Hotel


This session at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, Massachusetts follows up from a white paper on ‘Who is doing computational social science?’ released last year by SAGE Publishing, and will look at the back story of Big Data social science and the fast-paced evolution of entice opportunities and methods to confront those challenges. Who is doing computational social science, and why? Among social scientists and humanities scholars, there is a clear appetite to engage with data at an accelerated rate. And while a recent study suggests that a majority of researchers who hadn’t yet used Big Data would like to, the challenge of the new remains.


  • Nick Beauchamp, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks, Network Science Institute, Northeastern University
  • Ryan Kling, economist and senior associate at Abt Associates’ Health Division. Abt is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development.
  • Kenny Joseph, postdoc at LazerLab at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University and a fellow at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
  • Kris-Stella Trump, political scientist and policy researcher – currently a research specialist at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, with a joint appointment to the Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration.

The session occurs at Back Bay C Room in the Boston Sheraton at 4 p.m. on May 27.

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