Our people are leaders in the fields of human genetics, sociology, mathematics, history, evolutionary biology, English literature and psychology, from the nations most prestigous institutions. About a third come from a computational modeling background who are interested in identifying and modeling knowledge generation and transmission processes. The remaining two thirds take the long view of science and scholarship and bring their expertise into meaningful conversations and research on topics that are of interest to them and to the Lab as a whole.
In the Limelight
Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Wisconsin Madison
Language is one of the defining traits of our species. It, of course, allows for the accumulation and communication of knowledge. But in addition to its uses in communication, the acquisition and use of language appears to augment the human brain in important ways. The aim of my primary line of research is to investigate and delineate these extra-communicative functions of language.
Undergraduate RA, University of Chicago
Mary Pierce is a fourth year student at the University of Chicago majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. At the Knowledge Lab, Mary is working on the Curricula Vitae project. While not collecting information about the published works of UChicago’s professors, she is writing her BA on systems of knowledge production and propagation in the fashion industry. She is interested in post-structuralist media theory, philosophy, big data analysis, and social media networks. Most recently she has contributed to the social media campaigns of Starbucks, Lavazza, and Chobani. Mary is an avid instagrammer (@themerrymary), slitten enthusiast, and well-versed traveler. Employment in the fashion industry has enabled Mary to work in Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Zurich, and Singapore. After graduation she plans to expand her travel repertoire and continue answering this world’s big questions.