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William Hobbs

American politics, political behavior, methodology and research design, social networks, health

Dissertation Title: Loss, change, adaptation: how people change when their lives do

Description:I study individuals within broader social and political environments, and use sudden changes in social networks as natural experiments to do causal inference. For example, what happens to a social network or political system when one person is sick or absent? Most of my current work uses information from online social media and large public databases. In addition to my dissertation research, I also study social networks and health.

Committee: James Fowler (chair), Seth Hill, Jesse Driscoll, Scott Desposato, Kevin Patrick (Calit2)