Zachary Neal

Zachary Neal has a PhD in Sociology, mainly publishes his work in Geography and Urban Studies journals, and works in a Psychology department. Some might see this as “undisciplined” but he thinks the term “interdisciplinary” sounds better. He currently has two streams of substantive research. One is focused on measuring and understanding the implications of economic networks among world cities, while the other is focused on improving the use of research evidence in public schools. In connection to the latter focus, Neal co-directs the Michigan School Program Information (MiSPI) Project, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the William T. Grant Foundation. He is also active in methodological research on network science, and in particular on the use of bipartite graphs to infer social ties (e.g. can we infer a political alliance exists between two senators if they sponsor many of the same bills?). 

In addition to his research, he regularly teaches graduate-level seminars in the Psychology department, most recently on Network Analysis and Agent-Based Simulation Models. He also serves as Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs, Associate Editor of Global Networks, Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Metropolis and Modern Life Series, and on the Editorial Board for City & Community. He is happy to meet with students from any department that have overlapping research interests; please just send me an email.

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