As we transition into the new academic year, we are delighted to announce that Duncan Watts, Stevens University Professor and the 23rd Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, has officially started as a faculty member at Penn!

Duncan holds joint appointments across Computer and Information Science, the Annenberg School of Communications, and the Operations, Information, and Decisions Department in the Wharton School. He is one of the preeminent figures in the areas of computational social science and network science. In addition to authoring many influential papers on social networks in top journals such as Nature and Science, Duncan is well known for his books Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected AgeSmall Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness, and Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer.

Prior to coming to Penn, Duncan was most recently a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

We’re delighted to welcome Duncan to Penn, and we look forward to seeing the exciting research he brings to our campus!

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